Details of Disappearance Fitzpatrick was last seen in Bozeman, Montana on July 2, 2015. He visited a bank and was captured on the bank's surveillance camera footage at 9:51 a.m.
Fitzpatrick left his van parked outside Dakota Tackle in the 2200 block of east Bismarck Expressway in his hometown of Bismarck, North Dakota. His SUV and camping trailer were found abandoned on July 3, stuck in the mud at the edge of a pea field south of Willow Creek, Montana. A photo of the SUV and the attached trailer where they were found is posted with this case summary. It's possible Fitzpatrick caught a ride out of the area with a passing motorist.
Fitzpatrick is a retired ophthalmologist. He made regular trips to Montana to take photographs and often stayed at the Rainbow Motel in Bozeman. He had called the motel to ask about a room on July 2, and they told him no rooms would be available until 2:00 p.m.
He never showed up at the motel and it's unclear where he spent the night of July 2-3. He may have been sighted at an Independence Day barbecue in Harrison, Montana on the evening of July 4, but this has not been confirmed.
Although foul play is not suspected in Fitzpatrick's case, he's considered to be at risk because of his advanced age and because he left his heart medication behind. It's possible he became confused and wandered away. His case remains unsolved.
- Gallatin County Sheriff's Office
- Madison County Sheriff’s Office
Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated February 27, 2018; casefile added.