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Erica Patelis-McGrath

Patelis-McGrath

A 38-year old Butte woman who went missing last Thursday has been located and is safe, police said Tuesday.

“She is safe in Butte,” Sheriff Ed Lester said of Erica Patelis-McGrath. “The Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department would like to thank the public for the assistance in this matter.”

Lester said a tip from the public led police to her location around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. It was a residence, but he would not say where. 

Patelis-McGrath was OK, he said.

“This is the way we like these things to turn out,” Lester said.

Patelis-McGrath went missing Thursday, and police said she might have been last seen walking her dog near the Motel 6 in Uptown on Saturday.

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She had moved around Butte quite often over the past several years, Undersheriff George Skuletich said Monday, but she was living with her mother when she went missing on May 2.

Her mother reported her missing Friday and based on information Patelis-McGrath had given to her mental health counselor, police were also worried.

“She would leave and stay with other friends (in the past), and she’s an adult and has the ability to do that," Skuletich said Monday, while she was still missing. “But some of the text messages that her counselor had received from Erica — we are concerned about her welfare.”

She last talked to her counselor and another person on May 2, Skuletich said, and someone said they saw her walking near Motel 6 on Saturday. But nobody had been able to get in touch with her between then and Tuesday.

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Mike Smith is a reporter at the Montana Standard with an emphasis on government and politics.

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