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After a three hour long search, Judge Parker found alive about a mile from home

Posted at 11:58 AM, Mar 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-02 13:58:46-05

GREAT FALLS- Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter has confirmed Judge John Parker was found alive.

Sheriff Slaughter said Parker was taken to Benefis Health System.

He said Judge Parker is alert and in stable condition.

Sheriff Slaughter said he did not know the exact location Parker was found, but he estimated about a mile from his home.

He estimated that Parker was outside in the elements approximately four hours.

Parker was reported missing south of Great Falls around 2:30 p.m. Friday. It was believed he went after a small dog, according to Sheriff Slaughter.

“He was found by Lieutenant Mahlum and Corporal Boyd, were tracking him and waving the helicopter ahead cause they believed that’s where they perceived he would end up and they led right to him. John Parker is a very important part of our community and were very blessed beyond belief that he’s okay,” Sheriff Slaughter said.

He added that Parker’s family is grateful for the outpouring of community support and all the people willing to help.

Judge Parker’s dog is still missing.


(2nd Report, 4 p.m., 3/1/2019) Sheriff Jesse Slaughter has identified the man missing off of Missouri Bend Road south of Great Falls.

According to Slaughter, the man is Judge John Parker of the 8th Judicial District. The call came in around 2:30 p.m.

Sheriff Slaughter told MTN News it is believed Parker went after a small black and white lab/boxer mix dog. He added there’s a possibility Parker was not dressed appropriately for the weather. He may be wearing a gray suit.

Authorities have requested help from Malmstrom Air Force Base for use of a helicopter.

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, Great Falls Police Department, Great Falls Emergency Services, and Cascade County Search and Rescue have all responded.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately.

(1st Report, 3:17 p.m., 3/1/2019) Emergency crews are responding to an area south of Great Falls near Missouri Bend Road for a report of a missing person.

An ambulance with Great Falls Emergency Services is on scene as well as the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office.

Cascade County Search and Rescue is expected to arrive soon.

No other details are available at this time. Authorities have not asked for help from the public.

We have a reporter at the scene and we will speak with Sheriff Jesse Slaughter soon concerning the incident.

We will update you when we get more information.