Family, police search for Missoula missing woman

Zoë Buchli

Police, family and friends are seeking answers about what happened to a missing Missoula woman last seen in the Gold Creek area in February.

In an update from the Missoula Police Department on Tuesday, investigators are now saying Nefataree Bartell, 26, was last seen on the early afternoon of Feb. 21 in the Gold Creek and Highway 200 area.

Police initially reported Nefataree Bartell, known as “Neffy” or “Nef” to her family and friends, disappeared around March 6, but said on Tuesday that report was unsubstantiated. A search and rescue is active in the Gold Creek area, according to the press release. The person who spoke with Nefataree Bartell on Feb. 21 was interviewed by detectives.

Bartell is a Black woman with brown eyes and black hair, according to the Montana Department of Justice Missing Persons Database. She is 5 feet and 1 inch tall and weighs about 110 pounds.

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She is a lifelong Missoula resident with two sons, ages 3 and 8, Charlene Bartell, Nefataree’s mother, said in a phone call with the Missoulian.

“She’s very smart, very intelligent, very loving and caring,” Charlene said

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