Posted: Dec 12, 2012 7:54 PM by Melissa Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Updated: Dec 12, 2012 7:57 PM
The Montana Department of Justice has issued a Missing/Endangered Person Alert for Angelica Melody Gray of Helena.
Gray, 22, was last seen on Monday, December 11th at approximately 5 p.m. She is 5'11", 145 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair, and was last seen wearing a grey skirt, gold-colored shirt, and calf-high boots.
Gray has been staying at the Helena YWCA located at 501 North Park Avenue (map) since May with her two young children. On Tuesday morning, her keys and children's car seats were found next to her pickup truck in the snow outside the building, and her children were left unattended in her room.
Helena Police Chief Troy McGee said, "The children appeared at one of the other residents knocking on their door. They are three years old and one is nine months old, and had been alone all night and indicated they didn't know where there mother was. The car seats for the children were outside on the sidewalk. The keys for her vehicle are in the car seat. The vehicle is still there. Her purse is still there, her cell phone is still there, and we're asking for the public's help on trying to locate her."
Late Tuesday afternoon, Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton activated the county search and rescue team to assist in trying to locate Gray.
Sheriff Dutton says searchers will start at the YWCA and work their way out on foot to try and locate her; he says searchers will also begin looking in various locations surrounding Helena, including Grizzly and Oro Fino Gulches and Davis Gulch among others.
He says these areas are nearby rural locations they would like to rule out.
Angelica's husband Joshua Gray is currently in the Lewis & Clark County Jail; he was involved in a domestic dispute with Angelica back in March where he shot himself during a struggle with police. Angelica was unharmed in that incident.
The couple's children are currently being cared for through child protective services.
Anyone with information about Angelica is asked to call the Helena Police Department at 406-442-3233, Crimestoppers at 406-443-2000, or their local law enforcement agency.