Case File: 1665UMMT
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The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office in Billings, Montana, seeks assistance in the identification of a suspect, wanted for questioning regarding the murder of Jeannette Atwater that occurred on January 16, 2000 in Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana.
On January 16, 2000 at approximately 3:30 AM, the Billings Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in a parking lot off Bench Boulevard that serves the MetraPark Trail bike path. Upon opening the trunk, the body of the vehicle's owner, 34-year-old Jeannette "Charlie" Atwater was discovered. Ms. Atwater was last seen about 1:00 AM at the Player's Club at 231 Main Street with a group of coworkers. The bar closed at 2:00 AM but Ms. Atwater was not seen leaving the bar and was not with her group of coworkers.
The investigation revealed the man in the photograph purchasing a dollar's worth of gasoline just prior to the report of the fire. He grabbed a book of matches from the counter. A similar book of matches were found near the burning car along with an empty gasoline can. Other evidence found at the scene indicates this man may have some knowledge of the crime.
Above is a composite of the vehicle he may have been driving. It is possibly an 80's vintage model. The convenience store clerk described it as a small, brown hatchback with an orange stripe.
On January 15, 2000 there was a semi-professional basketball game and a Monster Truck show held in Billings. Police believe it is possible that the man in question he was passing through Billings or attending one of these events.
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Last Updated: 11/20/11 - By: DD / Hot Case Coordinator