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    MT - John Russell, 24, Helena, June 23 1974

    This case does not appear in any databases.

    Name -
    John Monroe Russell

    Last Seen -
    06/23/1974

    Missing From - Helena, Montana

    Age - 24

    Race - White

    Sex -
    Male

    Hair Color -
    Brown

    Eye Color -
    Blue

    Height -
    72

    Weight -
    175

    Medical Details -
    Clean shaven

    Clothing -
    Cutoff denim jeans (inscribed with initials J.R), underwear shorts, a paycheck for $120 and brown hiking boots (all clothing found dumped in the Colorado Gulch area).

    Circumstance -
    The MP met two men and a woman at a restaurant in Helena who were hitchhiking, and offered them a ride to Missoula. Upon reaching the western side of Helena, the two men pulled guns on the MP, removed his clothing and forced him into the trunk of the vehicle. The woman was dropped off in Missoula, and the two men drove away. Shortly afterwards, the men apparently pushed the car (a 1966 Light Blue Ford Comet) into the Clark Fork River, and departed the scene. The vehicle was recovered a week later, with the windows smashed and roof caved in. The MP's belongings (including his wallet and personal papers) were found scattered through a borrow pit near MacDonald Pass.

    The MP has never been located. The pleas of the two men changed on various occasions, but at one point it was suggested that he had been locked in the trunk when the vehicle was pushed into the Clark Fork River. However, upon unlocking the trunk, no trace of the MP was found, and the woman accompanying them expressed uncertainty as to the MP's whereabouts. Thorough searches of the river and surrounding land also found no sign of the MP. The guilty pair were charged with aggravated kidnapping.

    The MP's family expressed anger at the leniency of the trial, and his parents have both passed away since. However, his sister and two brothers are still alive. As of 2012, his family was still searching for him.

    (http://helenair.com/news/crime-and-c...9bb2963f4.html)

    There is a photo of the MP in the Helena High School Class of 1968 Classmates Book, but I am unable to access it.

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    Iím not seeing him in the Ď68 helena high school yearbook


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    Quote Originally Posted by namstache View Post
    I’m not seeing him in the ‘68 helena high school yearbook


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    I've actually made a mistake here, I meant to write Class of 1970. There's a Russell in that one, but I'm not sure if it's the right one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuck View Post
    I've actually made a mistake here, I meant to write Class of 1970. There's a Russell in that one, but I'm not sure if it's the right one.
    This is the John Russell from the 1970 yearbook. In the index he is listed as John James Russell.


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    Quote Originally Posted by namstache View Post
    This is the John Russell from the 1970 yearbook. In the index he is listed as John James Russell.


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    Thank you so much for finding that and posting it. Unfortunately, I don't think they're the same person. I've never seen the MP referred to as anything but John Monroe Russell (or John M. Russell), and I don't think they are the same person. What I am really hoping for is that a family member sees this thread, and can fill in the blanks with other information.

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    I know at one point in time (according to the father's obituary) the family lived in Bozeman.

    http://helenair.com/news/local/obitu...eea7c2e3f.html

    Maybe he went to high school in Bozeman?

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