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Case File 1424DMMT


John Baptiste Reamer
Missing since March 27, 1994 from Helena, Lewis And Clark County, Montana.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: November 16, 1968
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'11"; 180 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Native male. Brown hair. Brown eyes.
  • Marks, Scars, Tattoos: Reamer is a member of the Makah Indian Nation. he tattoo design is the memorial design "Anataquis" made for great grandmother Lyda L. Colfax by her grandson John "Nytom" Goodwin of Sequim, WA. It is located on his upper right arm. It says "Makah Nation" around the Native American logo and has two feathers hanging down his lower arm, past his elbow.
  • Clothing: Unknown clothing description, possibly wearing a cowboy hat.
  • AKA: John Hanson
  • Dentals: Available
  • Medical Conditions: Bipolar disorder. Drug & alcohol addiction & depression.
  • Other: Fingerprints & DNA available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Reamer's girlfriend dropped him at his apartment on Wilder Street in Helena the night of Sunday, March 27, 1994. He had spent the weekend with her, and their son. She was surprised to find a man she didn't know at Reamer's apartment when she dropped him off. She thought Reamer might have known him from a video rental store where Reamer often rented Nintendo games.
On Monday morning, his girlfriend and her mother talked to Reamer before he left for school. Neither of the women detected anything out of the ordinary during their brief conversation with Reamer. That was the last time they talked to him. They tried calling on Tuesday and Wednesday but got no answer.
Reamer's next door neighbor recalls last seeing Reamer come home on the night of March 27. The woman said she intended to make breakfast for Reamer and her son Monday morning before the pair went on a short fishing trip, but Reamer didn't answer his door that morning.
On April 4th, he was reported missing. In his apartment were items including Reamer's billfold and his school books. His vehicle also was parked outside the residence. But his favorite cowboy hat was missing.

Reamer was under state supervision at the time of his disappearance in connection with a 1992 assault that occurred at a Manhattan, Montana, bar. Reamer received a six-year deferred sentence, along with 331 days in the Gallatin County Detention Center. Reamer was bipolar, and was not taking his medication at the time of the brawl at the bar.
There were at least a couple occasions when it was feared Reamer was suicidal, but friends or law enforcement were able to intervene before he was able to hurt himself. Though Reamer experienced some rough spots following his release from jail and move to Helena, related to drugs and alcohol, it appeared he was doing fairly well in his new life. He was working for a contractor while attending Carroll College.
In December 1993, Reamer's probation officer recommended to the court that Reamer's six-year deferred sentence be reinstated after he was picked up for an alleged DUI that involved a hit-and-run accident. In addition, the officer was concerned that Reamer had failed to complete a drug and alcohol treatment program.
All his accounts have remained dormant, with a positive balance, since his disappearance.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Helena Police Department
Lt. Tim Coleman
Makah Tribal Police Department

Agency Case Number: HP031679;  030018

NCIC Number: M482934384
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Helena Air

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