Sister of Missing Illinois Man Speaks Out - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Sister of Missing Illinois Man Speaks Out

Posted: Updated:
REED POINT, Mont. -

This Sunday will mark two weeks since Paul Batson, an Illinois man, went missing. He was making a detour through Montana when he disappeared near Reed Point. Work to find Batson continues this weekend.

Batson, 49, was making the detour through the Treasure State on his way home from visiting his sons in Colorado. Batson's sister, Jennifer List, said she is nervously following the ongoing search effort for her brother, from her home in Steamwood, Illinois. Batson had served as a postal worker for two decades in Illinois and according to NBC-Chicago, he had recently taken a transfer in Bozeman.

List explained, "He had everything to live for. He has three kids who adore him. He could have retired in another five years. I mean he has a good life."

The Stillwater County Sheriff's Office is not giving up on finding Batson alive. "A lot of people have asked 'why have you said that this is an odd case and is very suspicious' because we haven't come across anything. We've done the normal things that law enforcement does when there's a missing person. We've look at financials, the cell phone thing, we've done all of that and it's given us nothing," said Sgt. Randy Smith.

Batson's family acknowledged the efforts of the search team, as well, as those who have been praying for his safe return. "I have received hundred, hundreds of reply's of prayers. It's just, you don't know what that means to us and we just want everybody to know how grateful we are and hope we can find my brother and bring him home safe."

If you have any information regarding Paul Batson's whereabouts, you're asked to contact Sgt. Smith at 406-322-5326.

  • LocalMore>>

  • 21 soccer team members from Rocky Mountain College rescued after getting stuck in Yellowstone River

    21 soccer team members from Rocky Mountain College rescued after getting stuck in Yellowstone River

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 12:49 AM EDT2018-08-15 04:49:36 GMT

    Rivers are unpredictable. They can flow nice and slowly or they can rush very rapidly. They can swell and run swiftly with high water levels or even change direction, depending on Mother Nature. The girls soccer team from Rocky Mountain College had to learn that the hard way.

    More >>

    Rivers are unpredictable. They can flow nice and slowly or they can rush very rapidly. They can swell and run swiftly with high water levels or even change direction, depending on Mother Nature. The girls soccer team from Rocky Mountain College had to learn that the hard way.

    More >>
  • Attorneys participate in 18-Wheeler Behind the Wheel class

    Attorneys participate in 18-Wheeler Behind the Wheel class

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 8:31 PM EDT2018-08-15 00:31:56 GMT
    When it comes to driving a big rig seconds matter. Truck drivers have to be especially careful while traveling the millions of miles of our nation's roadways.  Legacy Corporation International of Billings and the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys teamed up to put on a class to teach their attorneys how to better connect with their cases.  Attorney and student, Tom Meter said, "When you have an 80,000 pound truck doing 65 to 75 miles an hour down the highway people ...More >>
    When it comes to driving a big rig seconds matter. Truck drivers have to be especially careful while traveling the millions of miles of our nation's roadways.  Legacy Corporation International of Billings and the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys teamed up to put on a class to teach their attorneys how to better connect with their cases.  Attorney and student, Tom Meter said, "When you have an 80,000 pound truck doing 65 to 75 miles an hour down the highway people ...More >>
  • Wyoming political robocall ban ruled unconstitutional

    Wyoming political robocall ban ruled unconstitutional

    Saturday, August 11 2018 11:07 AM EDT2018-08-11 15:07:36 GMT

    A federal judge has ruled unconstitutional a Wyoming law that bans the use of robocalls by political organizations.

    More >>

    A federal judge has ruled unconstitutional a Wyoming law that bans the use of robocalls by political organizations.

    More >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Regional NewsMore>>

  • Tester campaign disavows Pearl Jam poster

    Tester campaign disavows Pearl Jam poster

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 3:46 PM EDT2018-08-15 19:46:53 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. - U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's campaign is disavowing a Pearl Jam concert poster that shows a burning White House and what appears to be the skeleton of President Donald Trump. The Montana Democrat's campaign spokesman, Chris Meagher, said Wednesday that campaign officials never saw the poster before the show, they don't like it and that they don't condone violence of any kind.

    More >>

    HELENA, Mont. - U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's campaign is disavowing a Pearl Jam concert poster that shows a burning White House and what appears to be the skeleton of President Donald Trump. The Montana Democrat's campaign spokesman, Chris Meagher, said Wednesday that campaign officials never saw the poster before the show, they don't like it and that they don't condone violence of any kind.

    More >>
  • Detectives searching for tractor stolen from Stevens County

    Detectives searching for tractor stolen from Stevens County

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 4:56 PM EDT2018-08-14 20:56:37 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Have you recently purchased a big orange tractor or possibly seen one in your neighborhood that looked out of place?  Spokane Regional Auto Theft Task Force Detectives are asking for your help locating a stolen tractor.

    More >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Have you recently purchased a big orange tractor or possibly seen one in your neighborhood that looked out of place?  Spokane Regional Auto Theft Task Force Detectives are asking for your help locating a stolen tractor. Detectives believe it may have been stolen between July 31 and August 3 and possibly sold to an unsuspecting victim. It is a Kubota L4701, similar to the one in the picture. 

    More >>
  • DREAM JOB: Live on a Greek island and take care of 55 cats

    DREAM JOB: Live on a Greek island and take care of 55 cats

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 11:48 AM EDT2018-08-14 15:48:20 GMT

    I'm more of a dog person, but if there is a place that is willing to pay me to live on an island in Greece and take care of cats, I'll become a feline fanatic.  Well, there is someone offering such a job right now and they claim it's a real opening.  God's Little People Cat Rescue posted on Facebook that they are looking for someone who can look after 55 cats on a little Greek island paradise called Syros. 

    More >>

    I'm more of a dog person, but if there is a place that is willing to pay me to live on an island in Greece and take care of cats, I'll become a feline fanatic.  Well, there is someone offering such a job right now and they claim it's a real opening.  God's Little People Cat Rescue posted on Facebook that they are looking for someone who can look after 55 cats on a little Greek island paradise called Syros. 

    More >>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 21 soccer team members from Rocky Mountain College rescued after getting stuck in Yellowstone River

    21 soccer team members from Rocky Mountain College rescued after getting stuck in Yellowstone River

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 12:49 AM EDT2018-08-15 04:49:36 GMT

    Rivers are unpredictable. They can flow nice and slowly or they can rush very rapidly. They can swell and run swiftly with high water levels or even change direction, depending on Mother Nature. The girls soccer team from Rocky Mountain College had to learn that the hard way.

    More >>

    Rivers are unpredictable. They can flow nice and slowly or they can rush very rapidly. They can swell and run swiftly with high water levels or even change direction, depending on Mother Nature. The girls soccer team from Rocky Mountain College had to learn that the hard way.

    More >>
  • Yellowstone visitor warned for standing too close to bison

    Yellowstone visitor warned for standing too close to bison

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 2:25 PM EDT2018-08-15 18:25:23 GMT
    photo: Douglas Scott on Twitterphoto: Douglas Scott on Twitter

    A Yellowstone National Park visitor standing too close to a bison said the potential danger is "fake news," according to a social media post that's going viral.

    More >>

    A Yellowstone National Park visitor standing too close to a bison said the potential danger is "fake news," according to a social media post that's going viral.

    More >>
  • Search for teen who left foster family at Yellowstone National Park

    Search for teen who left foster family at Yellowstone National Park

    Monday, August 13 2018 10:25 AM EDT2018-08-13 14:25:37 GMT
    A 14-year-old girl from Charleston, WV is missing after leaving her foster family while at Yellowstone National Park. According to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, Lachaela "Shay" Putnick has been in custody of WV Child Protective Services, but was temporarily placed with a foster family in Wyoming. On August 7, 2018 she left the family while at the park. She has not made contact with family or authorities since then. She has ties to North Charleston WV, For...More >>
    A 14-year-old girl from Charleston, WV is missing after leaving her foster family while at Yellowstone National Park. According to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, Lachaela "Shay" Putnick has been in custody of WV Child Protective Services, but was temporarily placed with a foster family in Wyoming. On August 7, 2018 she left the family while at the park. She has not made contact with family or authorities since then. She has ties to North Charleston WV, For...More >>
  • Michigan man goes missing in Crazy Mountains

    Michigan man goes missing in Crazy Mountains

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-08-15 02:54:27 GMT

    According to the Park County Sheriff's Office, on August 13th, Park County Dispatch received a report of a late FWP volunteer in the Crazy Mountains near the Cave Lake area. 

    More >>

    According to the Park County Sheriff's Office, on August 13th, Park County Dispatch received a report of a late FWP volunteer in the Crazy Mountains near the Cave Lake area. 

    More >>
  • Search dogs, ROVs brought in for Bighorn Lake search

    Search dogs, ROVs brought in for Bighorn Lake search

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 8:17 AM EDT2018-08-15 12:17:50 GMT

    The search continues for 2 missing people after a boating accident on Bighorn Lake. According to a news release, on Saturday night, Big Horn County Montana Sheriff department received a 911 call from an off-duty deputy advising of a boating accident near Dayboard 7 with a sunken vessel and two individuals in the water.  National Park Service and Big Horn Country deputies responded.   They located Robert Ludwich, of Billings, MT, on the shoreline.  The patient was tran...

    More >>

    The search continues for 2 missing people after a boating accident on Bighorn Lake. According to a news release, on Saturday night, Big Horn County Montana Sheriff department received a 911 call from an off-duty deputy advising of a boating accident near Dayboard 7 with a sunken vessel and two individuals in the water.  National Park Service and Big Horn Country deputies responded.   They located Robert Ludwich, of Billings, MT, on the shoreline.  The patient was tran...

    More >>
  • WANTED: Man with information about possible child sexual assault victim

    WANTED: Man with information about possible child sexual assault victim

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 12:40 PM EDT2018-08-15 16:40:33 GMT

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.

    More >>

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.

    More >>
  • Driver hospitalized after car crash near Huntley canal

    Driver hospitalized after car crash near Huntley canal

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 9:36 AM EDT2018-08-15 13:36:49 GMT
    A woman is in the hospital after crashing her car near a canal in Huntley, MT. Authorities responded just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at North Canal Drive. Troopers say the woman crashed her car and was unconscious when they arrived on scene. The car was still in drive. When the driver regained consciousness, crews freed her from the car and transported her to the hospital. Drugs and alcohol are suspected to be involved.More >>
    A woman is in the hospital after crashing her car near a canal in Huntley, MT. Authorities responded just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at North Canal Drive. Troopers say the woman crashed her car and was unconscious when they arrived on scene. The car was still in drive. When the driver regained consciousness, crews freed her from the car and transported her to the hospital. Drugs and alcohol are suspected to be involved.More >>
  • Attorneys participate in 18-Wheeler Behind the Wheel class

    Attorneys participate in 18-Wheeler Behind the Wheel class

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 8:31 PM EDT2018-08-15 00:31:56 GMT
    When it comes to driving a big rig seconds matter. Truck drivers have to be especially careful while traveling the millions of miles of our nation's roadways.  Legacy Corporation International of Billings and the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys teamed up to put on a class to teach their attorneys how to better connect with their cases.  Attorney and student, Tom Meter said, "When you have an 80,000 pound truck doing 65 to 75 miles an hour down the highway people ...More >>
    When it comes to driving a big rig seconds matter. Truck drivers have to be especially careful while traveling the millions of miles of our nation's roadways.  Legacy Corporation International of Billings and the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys teamed up to put on a class to teach their attorneys how to better connect with their cases.  Attorney and student, Tom Meter said, "When you have an 80,000 pound truck doing 65 to 75 miles an hour down the highway people ...More >>