|Submitted||Nov. 2, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Montana Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Data on all cases of: unsolved missing persons, homicides, suspicious deaths, and deaths in custody involving an Alaska Native/American Indian woman or girl victim within your jurisdiction(s). For the purposes of this request, "Alaska Native/American Indian" is defined as any individual who was identified as a member of an Alaska Native or American Indian community or as having Alaska Native/American Indian heritage. "Woman or girl" includes all victims identified as females, as well as transgender women. If there are any Jane Does that have been identified as potentially Alaska Native or American Indian, please include them as well. We are requesting cases dating from 1900 to the present.
This request is for basic information on cases as classified above. Such information may include but is not limited to victim name, location and date of disappearance/death, age of victim, status of case (solved or unsolved).
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.
Dear Ms. Lucchesi,
At the Board of Crime Control, we gather only deidentified incident data known to police and sheriff's officers at the time of the incident or arrest. We do not have names or any personally identifiable information on victims or offenders. What I have provided you are the number of incidents going back to 2011 for:
* who identify as American Indian
* who were victims of a crime against person (you can see the list below of those potential crimes)
* and where the offender age is unknown. While we do not get changes to the charges reflected in our system, we do receive information when an offender is arrested. By reporting those with an unknown age of offender, these are likely cases that are unsolved.
This may give you a place to start. You may contact the local jurisdiction to obtain the details you are seeking. Contacts for these agencies can be found using this link: http://apps.mbcc.mt.gov/ledirectory/
My contact information is listed below if you need further assistance.
Offenses included in Crimes Against People data provided in the attached spreadsheet
Department of Corrections, Office of Justice Relations
Crime Control Bureau
5 S Last Chance Gulch
PO Box 201301
Helena MT 59620-1408