by Jim Larson
May 9, 2022
Photo: Deidra Lufkin
Photo Credit: Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff's Dept.

The story was updated at 2 pm on 5-9-22.

Search dogs found the remains of Deidra Lufkins Sunday afternoon.

 She was 30.

She was reported missing to Butte-Silver Bow police on Saturday, but was separated from her party at Highlands Campground on Thursday or Friday. She was with two men.  The campground lies south of Butte, Sheriff Ed Lester reported in a text. Before her remains were found, she was last seen on foot, and she was “not dressed for recent weather conditions,” Lester wrote.

The men who were with Ms. Lufkin reported her missing.

An extensive effort was made to find Ms. Lufkins, including search dogs, an intensive ground search, and a special drone.

Her body was found in rugged terrain in the Highland Mountains. The apparent cause of death is hypothermia, but an investigation continues. Her body has been transported to the Montana State Crime Lab for an autopsy and toxicology testing,  Sheriff Lester said.

Ms. Lufkin was 5’9” and weighed 150 lbs. She hailed from South Dakota. She was Native American

The search dogs were from 15-90 Search and Rescue and True North Search Dogs.

15-90 Search and Rescue assisted Butte police in the recovery of Ms. Lufkins remains. 

Sheriff Lester wrote, “This search didn’t end like we hoped it would, but I can’t say enough  about the efforts of 15-90 Search and Rescue, Elkhorn K-9 Search and Rescue, and True North Search Dogs. These folks are all volunteers, and they respond quickly every single time we call. Their dedication and expertise is unbelievable.”

The Sheriff added, “ Our thoughts are with Deidra’s family.”