A woman last seen in September may have disappeared "under suspicious circumstances," according to a press release issued Tuesday afternoon by the Billings Police Department.
The last confirmed sighting of Laura Johnson, 49, occurred Sept. 13 in Billings, according to the release. She was listed as missing out of Washington state on Sept. 28, the release says. Shared databases and information sources between police departments ensure that Johnson's name will come back as missing should she be found by a law enforcement agency inside or outside of Washington, BPD Lt. Brandon Wooley said.
Citing the ongoing nature of the investigation, Wooley declined to offer any more information about where Johnson was last seen, other than to say it was in the Billings area.
Anyone with information about Johnson's location or suspicious activity "on or around" Sept. 13 is asked to contact the police department's investigations division at 406-657-8473.
Johnson is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds. She has blue eyes and long blond hair, and the press release says "There are no associated vehicles to describe at this time," related to her disappearance.
The BPD crime scene investigations van was parked in front of a Heights property Friday night on the 300 block of Windsor Circle South and investigators could be seen on the property. Speaking on scene, Sgt. Shane Shelden said they believed the trailer home was Johnson's home in Billings.
Shelden said police activity on the property was related to a "continued investigation" stemming from Johnson's status as a missing person. Police arrived at about 7 p.m. that night and departed the area sometime around midnight.
Last week, Wooley said BPD investigators had pinged the location of Johnson's cellphone to Washington state and had yet to find evidence she was in danger.
Tuesday's press release referenced BPD's awareness of social media posts related to Johnson's disappearance. "The BPD is aware of active social media posts surrounding this case and is unable to provide additional details as there is an active and ongoing investigation," the release says.
Days before she was listed as missing, Johnson's son, Jonathan Johnson, publicized his concerns over his mother's safety last month with a Facebook post detailing her uncharacteristic lack of communication and what he believed to be red flags raised by the circumstances of her disappearance.
That post was shared to the Billings Neighborhood Watch Facebook group. The group has more than 13,000 members and typically posts about local crime and suspicious activity in the area. Johnson's post as of Tuesday had been shared on Facebook more than 7,000 times, generated hundreds of comments, and spurred several other posts.