View Full Version : Found Deceased MT - Noah Pippin, 30, Lewis and Clark County, 15 Sept 2010

12-02-2010, 06:33 AM
Noah Pippin was a U.S. Marine who served three tours of duty in Iraq. After his stint in the Marines, he joined the California National Guard and was to be deployed to Afghanistan. He left Michigan on August 25th to report back for duty and never arrived. He was last seen in Montana. Please see this article for the details.


12-02-2010, 06:59 AM
it's been over three months

he might be alive & not want to be found (& quite honestly, I wouldn't blame him after three tours in Iraq) and he's probably suffering from PTSD wherever he is

I hope this family gets answers before Christmas even if it's not the answers they want

12-02-2010, 07:41 AM
Well, it's a beautiful place to get lost in, that's for sure.
Hot springs for nice baths.
Plenty of wildlife for food.
National Forests, including Yellowstone.
Not many people there at all.
Skills of a marine, it's a pretty good place to heal your soul.
Three tours in Iraq as a marine, they should have known he'd had enough.
Joined the Guard with hope to stay State side, and what do they do but call him to go to Afganistan.
Now this really is a case of how much can one person take.
Give him a general discharge, and leave him alone.
He probably has a radio. Let him know it's safe to come home, then hope he does one day.
The National Guard needs to give him at least a general discharge, if not a medical one for ptsd. You can't go three tours in Iraq without it affecting you.
Give the guy a break already. He probably just wanted to wait it out for his pension. jeez.
They can pardon a turkey on Thanksgiving, so pardon this guy, thank him for his service, and let the guy heal already..........

12-02-2010, 08:22 PM
Noah's parents tried to get them to start looking for Noah in September. The police would not launch a missing persons report. Noah's Dad decided to go to Montana to start searching on his own a couple of weeks ago. Evidently by getting the local media involved it then evolved to a full blown search. Noah's mother has been beside herself. No matter how hard they tried they could not get anyone to listen and get involved.

12-04-2010, 08:39 AM

Posted: Dec 1, 2010 5:56 PM by Katy Harris (Kalispell)
Updated: Dec 1, 2010 8:03 PM

The parents of a missing U.S. soldier are trying to stay busy this holiday season while they hope that information will surface soon about their son, Noah Pippin, whose last known location was in the Flathead Valley.


02-26-2011, 08:08 AM

Posted: Feb 25, 2011 9:46 AM by Katy Harris (Kalispell)

The parents of missing U.S. soldier Noah Pippin are desperate to find their son, who was last seen in the Flathead Valley back in August.

Some new details are coming out as to why they believe he wasn't alone when he disappeared.

03-28-2011, 12:39 AM
Added to Charley Project this week - http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/p/pippin_noah.html

06-11-2011, 07:28 AM

Posted: Jun 10, 2011 7:45 PM by Katy Harris (KAJ News)
Updated: Jun 10, 2011 10:29 PM

HUNGRY HORSE- The parents of a missing soldier who was last seen in Hungry Horse are still in Montana searching for clues.

06-15-2011, 05:12 AM

Posted: Jun 14, 2011 3:53 PM by Katy Harris (KAJ News)
Updated: Jun 14, 2011 9:30 PM


And after airing several stories on Noah Pippin an Arlee man has come forward to say, he spoke with Pippin in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

06-23-2011, 04:06 AM

12:14 PM, Jun. 22, 2011
Written by

Great Falls campers may know of missing man

The family is unidentified and Mike Pippin wants to contact them and ask about his son

06-26-2011, 02:27 AM
Y'all have been keeping up with the latest developments pretty well but I thought I'd chime in to fill in a few details and give the narrative as it is now. Noah Pippin is my brother. My parents and I traveled to Missoula, Kalispell, Hungry Horse, the Spotted Bear Ranger Station and the Blue Lakes area in early June a few weeks ago and made contact with several folks from the Forrest Service in that area and also met with Detective Sergeant Walsh with the Flathead Country SO. We spoke with a lot of people and handed out a number of posters and my parents were able to be on TV and tell some more about Noah's story thanks to Katy Harris a local TV reporter based in Kalispell. Some new information has come to light as a result of this.

1. Following the TV story a hunter who was part of a group of 3 hunters called my dad and said that he and his buddies had encountered Noah on the trail near My Lake which is in the back-country of the Flathead or Lewis and Clark National Forrest (this area is right in the border region between the two). They said that they saw him about 09/14/2010 and that he seemed in good health and shape but that he declined to stay with them for very long. He told them the route he had taken to get to that point and they gave him a few bottles of water and he went on his way. They also said that they had encountered a team of Forrest Service rangers around the same time and that they may have also had an interaction with Noah and the also saw a family that was hiking the trail a few days earlier who Noah probably would have passed up on his hike. The hunters also told us that Noah said he was headed to the White River Pass which is several miles mostly South of My Lake.

2. We did some checking with the Forrest Service and they were able to identify the rangers who were in the area that the hunters told us about and they did indeed encounter Noah on the trail. They spoke with him briefly and don't remember very much about the exchange, but they were able to give us some information about the family that had been hiking through around the same time but not their actual names.

3. Based on the information they gave us we were able to get a story into the local paper in the city where the family was from and they read it and called us. They said that they had encountered Noah on the trail in an area called Chinese Wall near Salt Mountain and that he had spoken with them for a bit but he declined to camp with them. They said that he spoke with them about his route and said that he wanted to continue following the Chinese Wall, South. The told him that soon the trail would leave the Chinese Wall and go East to detour around some rough terrain but he seemed to indicate to them that he intended to go off-trail and follow the Chinese Wall, South anyway.

4. We followed up on the lead that someone resembling Noah had been seen at a bar in Missoula by visiting all of the bars there and handing out posters of him. We came up absolutely empty there and I think that was a mistaken tip.

That's as much information as we have at this point. We don't have any more leads right now and we're trying to put some information out on hiking websites so that people who frequent the areas where we know Noah was will be aware that we're looking for him.

Here's the narrative so far with GPS coordinates for the locations where we know Noah was. The last GPS grids are the area where he was last seen and may have gone off-trail:

My brother Noah Pippin left my parents' house in late-August 2010 headed back to California in a rental car but he didn't show up for National Guard duty later in September. The first we knew that anything was amiss was when the National Guard folks called us asking where he was. The Michigan State Police were very slow to move forward with the case which prevented us from making much progress for a fair while last fall. The areas Noah disappeared in are very remote and mountainous and were of course not accessible during the winter months which is another reason why progress has been slow in our search. From what we've been told by the Forrest Service these areas will not be clear enough of snow to travel again until mid-July of this year. We've only been very slowly getting more information. We finally found out from Noah's credit card statements and phone records that he stayed in Hungry Horse, MT the night of August 31. We then contacted the authorities in Montana and they and the Forrest Service have been very helpful in trying to track Noah down. We know that he hiked into the Flathead National Forrest / Bob Marshall Wilderness along the Eastern route which begins in Martin City, MT 48.391057,-114.030147. That he traveled past the area of the Spotted Bear Ranger Station 47.928593,-113.526278 and through the Blue Lakes area 47.920814,-113.282154. We've recently learned that he encountered a group of hunters near My Lake 47.742036,-113.14064 on 09/14/2010 which is in the back-country of the Bob Marshall Wilderness/Flathead National Forrest/Lewis and Clark National Forrest. He told them that he was headed to the White River Pass 47.7427,-113.12047 which is many miles South of My Lake. Later he encountered a family hiking near the Chinese Wall and Salt Mountain 47.688388,-113.145103 and indicated to them that he intended to go off trail at this point 47.651166,-113.120384 on the Chinese Wall where the trail detours East to go around the perimeter of some rough terrain.

We're interested in finding people who have hiked these areas in the past or are planning on hiking them this year to ask them if they may have seen Noah last fall or if they're going to be in these areas if they could keep an eye out for any sign of him. If you can, please help us by letting other hikers know about Noah and where he was last seen. Please let me know if there's any more information that would be helpful to you or if you have any suggestions for communicating with hikers who use those areas.

Thank you all!

-Caleb Pippin

06-26-2011, 03:27 AM
Caleb, my thoughts and prayers are with your family. I hope Noah is found safe very soon!

06-26-2011, 09:13 AM
Caleb, my thoughts and prayers are with your family. I hope Noah is found safe very soon!

Ditto for me what Faenorwyn posted!!! Welcome to Websleuths Roberto211. I am so sorry it is under the circumstances...

Keep the faith.


08-06-2011, 08:47 AM

Posted: Jul 12, 2011 1:06 PM by Katy Harris (KAJ News)
Updated: Jul 12, 2011 1:07 PM

KALISPELL- A missing soldier that has not been seen since September may have recently been spotted in Missoula.


08-06-2011, 08:49 AM

Rosalie Pippin

Filming about Noah's disappearance for the Discovery Channel tv show, "Disappeared", has begun. The film crew will be at our house Tuesday Aug. 9. I believe they have already begun filming with Detective Pat Walsh this week in Kallispel, Montana and they will be filming Aug. 7 with the Kersey family who last saw Noah at dusk Sept. 15 on the hiking trail in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The Kersey's live in Great Falls, Montana. We have been told this will probably air in the spring. Hoping nationwide audience will bring us some more leads.
Thursday at 7:58am

08-31-2011, 08:17 PM

Posted: Aug 30, 2011 3:00 PM
by Katy Harris (KAJ News)
Updated: Aug 31, 2011 7:38 AM


More leads have come to light as the months have passed with Flathead County Sheriff's Department Detective Pat Walsh saying he was recently notified by a group of Boy Scouts who found clothing in a stream below the Chinese wall that could belong to Pippin.

Video at link

09-16-2011, 06:44 AM

Posted: Sep 15, 2011 5:16 PM by Katy Harris (KAJ News)
Updated: Sep 15, 2011 5:18 PM

Short article at link

09-19-2011, 05:47 PM

By Jess Armstrong 40 minutes ago

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Department is getting involved in the search for an ex-marine who went missing in the Bob Marshall Wilderness a little more than a year ago.

09-19-2011, 05:48 PM

First Posted: September 19, 2011 - 11:47 am
Last Updated: September 19, 2011 - 2:25 pm


The planned two-day search comes several weeks after a troop of Boy Scouts found clothing that could be linked to the man.

09-21-2011, 07:10 AM

Posted: Sep 20, 2011 7:05 PM by Melissa Anderson (Helena)
Updated: Sep 21, 2011 12:26 AM

A Lewis & Clark County search party returned from a two-day trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness late Tuesday afternoon, but not empty-handed.

09-24-2011, 10:32 AM

Posted: Sep 23, 2011 6:17 PM by Melissa Anderson (Helena)
Updated: Sep 23, 2011 6:19 PM

The Lewis & Clark County search team that set out to recover the body of missing soldier Noah Pippin found some interesting artifacts that may help solve the mystery of his disappearance.

09-25-2011, 07:15 AM

Posted: Sep 24, 2011 12:02 PM by KPAX News
Updated: Sep 24, 2011 6:33 PM

Family statement in its entirety can be found at link.

09-25-2011, 07:16 AM


(BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS)- Authorities are hoping tests on some bones found in the Bob Marshall Wilderness area might finally solve the disappearance of soldier Noah Pippin.

09-27-2011, 07:23 PM

By Kaelyn Kelly Monday Sep. 26th, 2011 - 12:18pm

Short article at link

09-29-2011, 06:48 PM

Posted: Sep 29, 2011 2:52 PM by News Staff (KXLH Helena)
Updated: Sep 29, 2011 3:15 PM

HELENA- Clues found in the search for missing hiker and soldier Noah Pippin in the Bob Marshall Wilderness are now headed to Missoula.

10-09-2011, 11:44 PM
A state medical forensic examiner has determined that the bones found at the base of the Chinese Wall in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area were not human.


10-18-2011, 06:52 PM

By MARTA HEPLER DRAHOS Traverse City Record-Eagle
Posted: 10/18/2011 07:21:41 AM PDT
Updated: 10/18/2011 07:35:58 AM PDT

LAKE ANN, Mich.—Noah Pippin looks out from a photo on his parents' dining room wall, serious in Marine dress uniform. His old dog tags lie atop a guestbook on a nearby table.

12-23-2011, 03:18 AM
The Discovery Channel tv show called "Disappeared" will show Noah's case on February 27.


12-29-2011, 07:38 AM

Posted: Dec 28, 2011 5:06 PM by Katy Harris (KAJ News)
Updated: Dec 28, 2011 9:23 PM

KALISPELL- The Flathead County Sheriff's Department has been tracking missing soldier Noah Pippin's credit card history for signs he's alive for months.

12-29-2011, 01:41 PM
As the mother of an active duty Marine, my heart goes out to the Pippin family. My hope is that Noah is alive & well & healing himself.

02-28-2012, 12:59 AM

A Feb. 27 episode of "Disappeared" on the Investigation Discovery Channel will feature the story of an ex-Marine who was last seen near Salt Mountain in the Bob Marshall Wilderness on Sept. 15, 2010.

02-28-2012, 03:24 AM
I did watch this episode and it seems as though Noah was walking into the storm on purpose, almost. He clearly made the trip to Montana on purpose, knowingly not checking in with the National Guard for his assignment, as he had researched it in advance. And despite warnings given to him by a family he met in the mountains, the last known people to see him, he went on alone into a storm and was never seen again. His mom felt he may be suicidal as soon as she heard he was missing, which really struck me, since that is usually the last thing a parent would think. And he did make a point of telling others me met along the way that he was armed. Very sad...he had already been to war in Irag, been an LAPD, but was very depressed when he quit the police force.

03-09-2012, 01:04 PM

03-25-2012, 05:48 PM
Does anyone know if and where his rental car was found? Also, has anyone considered that he might have been headed to Canada for whatever reason, due to it's proximity to where he was last sighted?

03-26-2012, 03:56 PM
The rental car was returned to the rental company's office at the Kalispell airport [by Noah] IIRC.

08-13-2012, 01:14 PM

Monday, August 13, 2012

It’s been nearly two years since Noah Pippin disappeared into the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana, but people are still haunted by it because he hasn’t been seen since.

08-17-2012, 11:42 PM
Have you seen Noah Pippin? (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Have-you-seen-Noah-Pippin/132638076795075?ref=stream)

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Department will go in to search for Noah in the Bob Marshall Wilderness on Wednesday the 22nd! They will be assisted by several other agencies and departments for the week long opperation. For those of you who pray we'd appreciate prayer for new details to come out, as well as smooth cooperation between all the agencies involved!

08-21-2012, 10:24 AM

28 minutes ago • By ANGELA BRANDT Independent Record

Lewis and Clark County officials along with others will once again venture into the Bob Marshall Wilderness to search for a Marine who went missing in 2010.

08-24-2012, 08:44 PM

By Sarah Gravlee
Story Published: Aug 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM MDT
Story Updated: Aug 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM MDT

MISSOULA - Search crews say they may have found the remains of a U.S. Marine who was last seen in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in 2010.

08-24-2012, 08:55 PM
Thank you for posting this! I often wondered about him after watching seeing him on Disappeared. My heart breaks for his family.

08-25-2012, 07:08 AM

By Associated Press, Published: August 24

KALISPELL, Mont. — Human remains have been found in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in northwest Montana, where a team has been searching for an Iraq war veteran who disappeared two years ago, a sheriff said Friday.

08-25-2012, 10:53 PM
Parents thankful that Noah Pippin's remains found, offer gratitude to searchers

The body of missing soldier Noah Pippin was flown out of the Bob Marshall Wilderness on Saturday.

Pippin's parents Mike and Rosalie have been staying in the Flathead Valley during the search for their son.

"We are grateful to have closure after two years. Our mystery is solved," Mike said.


Searchers found a firearm with matching serial numbers to Pippin's pistol, a Pippin family photo, a card, and clothing in the area.

"That made a pretty strong identification, and so they just have to wait for a little bit more to make that 100 percent," Rosalie said.

More: www.krtv.com/news/parents-thankful-that-noah-pippin-s-remains-found-offer-gratitude-to-searchers/ (http://www.krtv.com/news/parents-thankful-that-noah-pippin-s-remains-found-offer-gratitude-to-searchers/)

08-26-2012, 01:35 AM
My sincere condolences go out to the Pippin family. I am bowled over that against incredible odds, Noah's remains were found.

RIP Noah and thank you for your service to our country.

08-26-2012, 06:47 AM
RIP Noah :rose:

10-24-2012, 04:18 AM
I extend my condolences to his family and wish they could have had a better outcome!! RIP devil dog!!

08-19-2013, 12:08 AM
Sheriff will trek into wilderness for key evidence in Pippin death


The search team will head to the location Pippin was found along Burnt Creek, which is a 2 and-a-half day hike from the South Fork Trailhead. While the Sheriff will not share what the evidentiary item is they're look for, he will say this:

"There is some question about the cause of death. That's the coroner's job. What my job is, is to gather all the evidence to support his conclusion, whatever conclusion he comes up with. This evidence in my opinion is still there and needs to be gathered."

More: http://www.krtv.com/news/sheriff-will-trek-into-wilderness-for-key-evidence-in-pippin-death/

04-08-2015, 11:47 AM
His Facebook page is still active and they are working on a documentary about Noah's story. I don't know if it's completed or when/how it will be shown.


04-15-2015, 10:14 AM
So they found him after all. So very sad and, like almost all deaths on here, completely preventable and senseless.

RIP Noah!