GREAT FALLS – Family and friends of Brittney Roberts walked along the Missouri River on Thursday, hoping to find some sign of the young woman who was last seen Monday, April 23rd.
Brittney’s father Tommy Roberts drove up from Absarokee to help with the search, and describes his daughter as a shining light: “She has always been charismatic and she has always loved people.".
The Roberts moved from North Carolina to Montana when Brittany was 11 years old. About 10 months ago, Brittany decide to leave the nest and move to Great Falls to join the love of her life.
Brittney and Jessica Goodman soon started their lives together and got engaged last November.
But last week, Goodman’s life was turned upside down.
“She was upset and she went off for a walk. I went to follow her and she asked me not to follow her,” Goodman said.
A couple hours later, Goodman had a feeling that something was not right.
"I checked KRTV and that’s where I noticed they were doing a search and rescue,” Goodman said.
Goodman and her family went to Giant Springs State Park, where search crews found a shoe in the water, and Goodman confirmed it belonged to Brittney.
Tommy said, “I got the call from Jessica and she was like, ‘I need to talk to you.’ She was hysterically crying. ‘Brittney fell into the Missouri River and went over the dam.’"
Roberts says he was in shock and soon he was on his way to Great Falls to search for Brittney.
"I know for certain it’s her because she would never just disappear for ten days,” Roberts said.
Tommy and Goodman both say they will not give up hope until Brittney is found.
“We were inseparable and not having her here hurts so badly. I just want her back so bad,” Goodman said through tears.