Dale Eugene Brownlow Jr.

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Above Images: Brownlow, circa 2013
(the center and right photos were taken on the day of his disappearance)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 28, 2013 from Helena, Montana
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 12, 1961
  • Age: 52 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A lightweight gray zip-up hooded jacket with kangaroo pockets, dark-colored pants and a dark-colored baseball cap.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Brownlow traveled from his hometown of Denver, Colorado to Helena, Montana in August 2013. He checked into a hotel and paid his bill up until November 29th. He was sighted hiking on a trail in Refrigerator Canyon in the Helena National Forest on November 28; this is the last time anyone saw him. Brownlow has a degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University and authorities believe he may have gone to the forest to do research; he often went hiking and camping in the wilderness for extended periods. Weather conditions at the time of his disappearance were poor, however, with subzero temperatures, and he was only wearing a light jacket. Authorities stated his last trip into the forest was "out of the ordinary."

    Brownlow never returned to the hotel and never checked out; he left all his belongings behind in his room, including research equipment and maps of the Refrigerator Canyon and Hunter's Gulch areas of the Helena National Forest. On December 5, someone reported that his red Nissan pickup truck had been parked at the Hunter's Gulch Trail Head for five days. Several extensive searches of the area turned up no sign of him.

    Brownlow's disappearance isn't considered suspicious, but authorities aren't certain what happened to him. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office
    406-442-7883

    OR
    406-447-8293

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    Source Information
    Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse
    KXLH 9
    KRTV 3
    The Helena Independent Record
    The Billings Gazette

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 26, 2014; casefile added.

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