UPDATE: MISSING CROW AGENCY PARENTS AND 3 MONTH OLD INFANT, MONTANA
NO AMBER ALERT ISSUED IN WYATT LITTLE LIGHT CASE: WYATT LITTLE LIGHT IS 3 MONTHS OLD AND HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE DEC. 23, 2008! NO AMBER ALERT HAS BEEN ISSUED! SEE PREVIOUS BLOG ENTRIES HERE FOR THE INITIAL STORIES. AN AERIAL SEARCH HAS NOT DISCOVERED ANY OF THE LITTLE LIGHT FAMILY!
MAIN STRAM MEDAI HAS HAD NO COVERAGE, AS PER USUAL IN MISSING "AMERICAN INDIAN"/"NATIVE AMERICAN" CASES!!! THERE WAS MENTION OF THE CASE WHICH WAS FROM THE LOCAL NEWS STATION ON MSNBC, BUT NOTHING SINCE THEN. EVEN "NANCY GRACE", WHO GENERALLY PUTS OUT ALERTS ON MANY MISSING CASES HAS SAID NOTHING. (HEADLINE NEWS/AFFILIATE OF CNN)
Federal investigators on Friday used a helicopter to search the area where a missing family’s vehicle was found, but they did not locate anything.
Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement officials did an aerial search of the open prairie area where the pickup owned by Teddy Little Light was discovered.
Matthew Pryor, the special agent in charge of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services, was among those who flew over the area. Searchers hoped that they would spot something uncovered when snow melted during Thursday’s warm weather.
"I’m glad we didn’t find anything, but that doesn’t close the case or help the family," Pryor said. "The investigation will continue until we can reunite this family."
Little Light and his wife, Juliet Toineeta Little Light, and their 3-month-old son, Wyatt, have not been heard from since before Christmas. Teddy Little Light was last seen Dec. 23, when he stopped at his mother’s house to leave Christmas gifts for the couple’s older son, who is staying with her. He said the family was going to Wyola.
Relatives were concerned that they hadn’t been in contact during the holidays. Authorities were contacted after the Little Lights failed to attend the Jan. 3 funeral of Toineeta Little Light’s grandmother.
The family was reported missing Monday. That evening, an anonymous caller reported that Little Light’s 1995 Chevy pickup was parked on an unimproved road on the Crow Indian Reservation. The pickup was found near Fort Smith on Grapevine Road, off of Highway 91 between Fort Smith and St. Xavier.
The pickup has been impounded and is being kept secure, Pryor said.
BIA and Big Horn County law enforcement searched the area on foot and all-terrain vehicle earlier this week. No significant clues were found, Big Horn County Undersheriff Rondell Davis said.
The family is listed on state and national databases for missing persons, including the National Crime Information Center. If law enforcement anywhere in the country has contact with the Little Lights and runs their names through the database, they would be aware of the missing-persons report.
The Little Lights also are listed on the Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse. Operated by the Montana Department of Justice, the clearinghouse is also the portal to the state’s Amber Alert program. The circumstances of the disappearance did not initially qualify for an Amber Alert. To see the clearinghouse, go to its Web site at www.doj.mt.gov
and take the law enforcement link.
Pryor said the BIA has requested the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s assistance. The center is generating posters with baby Wyatt’s photo.
The family also has been listed on the Missing from the Circle repository. The database was created and is maintained by Lamar Associates, a national law enforcement and security consulting firm that specializes in Indian Country.
Steven Juneau, vice president for Lamar Associates, said he contacted the Little Lights’ relatives this week to offer assistance and get their support in putting the family on the Missing from the Circle site, at www.missingfromthecircle.webexone.com
"Nationally, we want to make sure we do what we can to ensure the case gets exposure," said. "Not only for the missing child, but also for the adults because they are still, even as adults, somebody’s child."
The database is intended to help provide information about missing persons and also includes unidentified remains. One of the things that can hamper missing-person investigations in Indian Country is that the population is very social and mobile – people may decide to go away on the spur of the moment and not return immediately, according to Lamar Associates. Loved ones don’t necessarily worry until time passes and continues to pass without word from the missing person.
Teddy Little Light’s visit to his mother’s is the only definitive sighting law enforcement has to work from, Pryor said.
People have provided information about the family, and law enforcement officials are following those leads, he said. Officers and agents have talked to people from Billings to Laurel to Fort Smith and communities in between, he said. They will continue the investigation through the weekend.
"Until we have nothing left to follow, we won’t stop," Pryor said.
Published on Saturday, January 10, 2009.
Last modified on 1/10/2009 at 1:24 am
About the Little Lights
Teddy Little Light, 30, is described as 6 feet, 1 inch tall and 180 pounds with short, dark brown hair and brown eyes.
Juliet Toineeta Little Light, 25, is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 120 pounds and has light brown hair and brown eyes.
The couple’s son, Wyatt, is 3 months old.
Anyone with information on the Little Lights is asked to call the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office at 406-665-9780 or Crow Agency police at 406-638-2631.
Relatives of Teddy Little Light, his wife, Juliet Toineeta Little Light, and their son,
Wyatt pleaded Tuesday for help in finding the missing family.
ABOVE HAS A PHOTO GALLERY OF POLICE, FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN THIS CASE.
(CHECK THE LINK SOON, AS THESE ARTICLES ARE USUALLY GONE IN A WEEK OR SO… THEN ONE HAS TO PAY FOR THEM. THE ABSENCE OF ARTICLES FROM THE INTERNET MAKES RESEARCHING THE TOO MANY MISSING/MURDERED NATIVE WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND MEN NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE. WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT WE CAN FIND THE INFO FOR YOU WHO CARE…)
LET’S BACK UP TO "THE SEARCH BEGINS" IN ARTICLE BELOW: (WHY THE AUTHORITIES WAITED SO LONG TO LOOK FOR THIS FAMILY, OFFICIALLY REPORTED MISSING (ACCORDING TO NEWS) ON JAN. 3, 2009 IS A QUESTION THAT BEGS TO BE ANSWERED… AS IN ALL MISSING CASES TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.
THE TRUCK HAS BEEN FOUND & IS IN "IMPOUND". ARE THE AUTHORITIES PERFORMING A PROFESSIONAL FORENSIC EXAMINATION ON THE VEHICLE, WHICH WAS FOUND IN "RUNNING CONDITION" ON A REMOTE ROAD? ALSO, ARE THEY CHECKING BEYOND THE AREA WHERE THE VEHICLE WAS FOUND BECAUSE IF THEY WERE ABDUCTED, OR WORSE, THEY MAY BE LOCATED ELSEWHERE?
The Search Begins
By Sarah Gravlee
Story Published: Jan 6, 2009 at 7:35 PM MST
Story Updated: Jan 6, 2009 at 7:41 PM MST
HARDIN – The search is on for a missing family in Big Horn County. Officials with Big Horn County, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Crow Tribe are using ATVs and volunteers to search for a Crow family that lives in Billings.
Teddy Little Light, his wife Juliet and their three-month-old son, Wyatt, were last seen December 23rd. Officials found their blue-and-white Chevy truck on Grapevine Road between Fort Smith and St. Xavier. While they’re not releasing many details, authorities said the family may have had a reason to be in the area.
"This is a strange town, a strange county," said Undersheriff Rondell Davis. "People do things for different reasons that would be suspicious to you and me but everyone has their own reasons for doing things."
Dozens of friends and family members gathered in the Big Horn County Courthouse to share information and support. April Toineeta, a family member, said every day gets harder.
"As the days go by and they’re not here it gets scarier and scarier," she said. "It’s hard but the officers said we’ve got to maintain that hope and faith and encourage each other to think of them coming home."
If you have any information on the family’s whereabouts, call the Crow Police at (406) 638-2631 or the Big Horn County Dispatch at (406) 665-9780.
Search continues for missing Big Horn Co. family
Posted: Jan 6, 2009 12:06 AM
Updated: Jan 7, 2009 12:37 AM
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THIS CASE;
MISSING: TEDDY LITTLE LIGHT, HIS WIFE JULIET TOINEETA-LITTLE LIGHT AND 3 MONTH OLD WYATT LITTLE LIGHT, PLEASE CONTACT ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICE, OR
406-665-9780 BIG HORN CO. DISPATCH, OR 406-638- 2631
CROW AGENCY POLICE DEPT. YOU CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS… PLEASE HELP BRING THIS FAMILY HOME SAFE!
Ha! Just tried that link and it wouldn’t display… But searched and found: (There is no FBI field office in many of the Indian Reservation states!)
FBI Salt Lake City
Suite 1200, 257 Towers Bldg.
257 East, 200 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-2048
Since this is the closest Field Office, call them… Do they even KNOW about this case? THIS IS LIKELY NOT "FOUL PLAY", ("Foul Play" means the BIA & FBI DOES NOT have to be contacted… That’s why so many UNSOLVED MURDERS labeled "Foul Play" on the Reservations are NOT Investigated Properly Nor made public/National News… It also means that the "manpower", expertise, forensic (expensive) examination, and more Professional Investigation IS NOT DONE, due to lack of money and trained personel… It ALSO means that Criminals go free in too many cases, or receive a light sentence due to NO JAIL space on the Reservations. Many Murderers, Rapists, and other types of violent Criminals are FREE or, if convicted (UNDER MAJOR CRIMES ACT), tried off the reservation, and often imprisoned in the State Penitentiaries in the states in which the MAJOR CRIME occurred OR in another state. Many Tribes/Nations feel that they should have the right to Police their Own and mete out Justice, (A "SOVEREIGNTY ISSUE"), but due to "broken treaties" and lack of money, cannot conduct proper Investigations, Prosecutions, and prescription for remedy (Jail Space issue and more…) This is a sad state of affairs… We need to fully support and recognize Sovereignty, but we also need to make sure that the Sovereign Nations have what they need to conduct proper investigations, prosecutions, etal… In either case, we need JUSTICE & CLOSURE for families of Victims & Victims everywhere! There are so many it will make your head spin!
Is someone LYING?!
Wyatt Little Light is NOT! on the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children! (as stated in article above)
Check it out at:
SEARCH "MT", or search the entire site for "Little Light"… In fact there is NOT ONE CHILD MISSING IN MONTANA on the site… But WE KNOW THERE IS! Wyatt Little Light, 3 month old Infant is MISSING in Montana! Why isn’t he on the site! Contact the site & the police at numbers above! Voice a complaint!
Found over 1100 searches on Little Light at the above articles "Montana Missing Persons Clearing House"… NO SUCH LINK EXISTS as far as I could see. and NO Little Light MISSING unless I look thru the thousand plus articles on "Little-Light" name? How can this be!? For a Three Month Old CHILD & His family are MISSING in Crow Agency, Montana!
Something is very FISHY.
Don’t any agencies want this family found!?
Well, we do!