Reported missing after argument with fiancé while driving to Reno to get married, Seattle woman found safe 

LASSEN COUNTY, Calif., — Authorities say a Seattle woman who was reported as missing after disappearing following a New Year’s Eve argument with her fiancé was found safe two days later after taking shelter from single-degree temperatures in an abandoned Lassen County home.

In a Jan. 1 missing person bulletin asking for the public’s help in locating the missing woman, Lassen County Sheriff’s officials said the couple had been traveling to Reno, Nevada to get married when they began arguing, leading to the woman walking away.


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In their social media post, LCSO said that on Jan. 1, around 5:30 p.m., Michael Noland, 41, reported his fiancé, 37-year-old LeeAnna Midkiff missing.

Officials have said LeAnna Midkiff, 37, of Seattle, Washington went missing after getting into an argument with her fiancé while driving to Reno, Nevada to get married. She was found two days after disappearing after reportedly taking shelter from single-digit temperatures inside an abandoned Lassen County home. Lassen County Sheriff’s Office photo

Noland told investigating deputies that around 8 p.m. on Dec. 31, he and Midkiff were traveling to Reno, Nevada, from Seattle, Washington, to get married when they got into an argument.

After pulling over on Highway 395 near Mill Street in Milford, Midkiff exited the vehicle and began walking northbound on Highway 395.

“She did not take any of her possessions and hasn’t been seen since,” LCSO said at the time; citing overnight temperatures that dipped into the single digits as a cause for additional concern for the missing woman’s safety.

As their investigation continued the next day, officials updated that Midkiff had been located safe and unharmed.

“She had taken shelter in an abandoned residence until this afternoon when she sought assistance from a resident in the area,” LCSO said in their update, which thanked the public and other local law enforcement and public safety partners for their assistance in the search for Midkiff.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.