Ellen Beth Sloan

Sloan, circa 2005

  • Missing Since 04/16/2005
  • Missing From Polson, Montana
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 08/13/1952 (67)
  • Age 52 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'4, 110 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A diamond and garnet ring on her left ring finger, a gold necklace with a yellow gold heart-shaped pendant with the word "Mom" in the center surrounded by multicolored gold flowers, and possibly gold stud earrings.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Graying light brown hair, blue eyes. Sloan has eyeglasses with small wire frames; she wears them only for driving and reading. She may use the alias middle initial G. She has small scars on her forearms and hands and a mole on the front center of her neck, and her ears are pierced.

Details of Disappearance

Sloan was last seen at her residence in the vicinity of the 3000 block of south Shore Route in Polson, Montana on April 16, 2005. She has never been heard from again. She was reported missing on April 23.

Her silver 2002 Toyota Tundra extended cab truck was located on April 28 at a shopping center in the vicinity of the 2600 block of north Reserve Street in Missoula, Montana, a few minutes from the Missoula International Airport. The vehicle was packed with Sloan's possessions, as if she had been traveling.

Sloan was facing federal tax evasion charges at the time of her disappearance. She had been released on her own recognizance after her arrest. Her attorney stated Sloan had been cooperating with authorities and was not facing enough fines or prison time to make her want to run away.

Sloan's family states it's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning and they are concerned for her welfare. They reported her missing after she didn't show up for her son's college graduation in Colorado. She left behind her passport as well as a significant amount of money in the bank; she hasn't not accessed her bank accounts since her disappearance.

Sloan posted bond for her boyfriend, William Gholson, shortly before her disappearance. Gholson had been jailed for incest. He moved into Sloan's house after his release from jail. While living with her, he ordered a computer using a line of credit in Sloan's name, and applied for credit cards in her name and her adult son's name.

Ten days after her disappearance, Sloan's son ordered Gholson out of her house. He subsequently dropped out of sight and has not been seen since. Both Gholson and Sloan are still missing and it is not clear if they are together. Photographs and vital statistics for Gholson are unavailable.

Authorities stated there was no sign of foul play in Sloan's disappearance and she may be trying to avoid prosecution, but her family is worried about her. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Lake County Sheriff's Office 406-883-7282

Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated April 5, 2008; picture added.