An extensive search commenced at Headwaters State Park near Three Forks Saturday morning after a Bozeman woman's car was found in a parking lot there, but as of Monday afternoon, no sign of 67-year-old Carolyn Rogers was found, Gallatin County Sheriff Jim Cashell said.
Rogers was last seen at around 7 p.m. Friday, when she left her home on Manley Road north of Bozeman bound for Wal-Mart, Cashell said. She did not return home Friday and her Subaru was found at the state park early the next morning.
Gallatin County Search and Rescue, assisted by sheriff's deputies and Three Forks firefighters, combed the state park Saturday, Sunday and part of Monday to no avail, Cashell said.
"We flew it; we used dogs; we used four-wheelers; we used a boat; we had people on foot," he said.
Cashell said ice hindered searchers' probe of the three rivers that join to form the Missouri River at that place, and searchers will have to wait until the situation improves.
"We're going to have to wait until the conditions are a little better," he said. "They looked anywhere they could where there was open water and there wasn't a whole lot of open water."
Rogers' disappearance is the second this year involving Headwaters State Park. In February, 57-year-old Karen Evenson of Three Forks disappeared. Her vehicle was later found in the park's campground area; her body was found a month later in the Missouri River, about 15 miles downstream. Evenson's death was ruled a suicide, Cashell said.
He said Rogers' 2004 Subaru Outback station wagon was found in the park's campground area, in "almost exactly the same place" as Evenson's truck 10 months ago, but that there is no evidence the two cases are related.
Cashell also declined to say whether foul play is involved in Rogers' disappearance, only that it is under investigation.
"We're just going to have to wait and see on this one," Cashell said.
Rogers is 5', 3" tall, 135 lbs., with sandy-colored hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing dark pants, a dark sweatshirt, gray slip-on shoes and a heavy red coat. Anyone with information about her disappearance is urged to call sheriff's detectives at 582-2121.