MISSOULA – MTN News recently confirmed with law enforcement that “persons of interest” have been identified in the search for Jermain Charlo.
The Native American woman in her early 20s went missing back in June after last being seen in the area of the Orange Street Food Farm in Missoula.
Lifeguard Group has been on the ground searching for any evidence and following up on any leads. The group’s president, Lowell Hochhalter, says despite lack of evidence found, they are still looking for Charlo.
“Some have even asked the answer ‘well would it be better if she wasn’t even alive and going through something like that’?” Hochhalter said. “Well, that’s not for us to determine. Our action is still the same, to aggressively search and look for Jermain.”
The Missoula non-profit that helps look for missing persons has been involved in the search for Charlo for the last 4½ months. Hochhalter told MTN News that he remains hopeful.
“We’ve made a commitment to the family that we will not get frustrated, we will not get bored with this. We will continue to search until we either find her or find an answer — or the family just says ‘that’s enough,” Hochhalter said.
Lifeguard Group will only involve itself in a search at the invitation of the family. According to their website, over 400,000 missing persons reports were filed in 2016.
Reporting by Katie Miller for MTN News