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Officials seek information about missing woman

HELENA, Mont. — State and Flathead County officials are asking for help in solving the February disappearance of a Kalispell woman whose vehicle was found abandoned near Poplar with her children's pet guinea pigs inside.

Agent Mark Hilyard with the Montana Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation said foul play is suspected in the disappearance of Nicole Waller, who left Fairview on Feb. 14 to return home to her three children in Kalispell and hasn't been seen since. Her maroon Ford Expedition was found on the side of U.S. Highway 2.

"Mothers traditionally don't abandon their children," Hilyard said. "This is clearly not normal behavior and has every indication of a homicide."

Hilyard said a number of factors point to foul play.

"Someone witnessed suspicious activity taking place" near her Waller's SUV, Hilyard said in a statement. "It also appeared odd that her children's pet guinea pigs were still in the vehicle when it was recovered."

He urged anyone with information to help, adding that an observation that might not seem important can break a case open.

Anyone with information is asked to call DCI at (406) 791-2709 or the Flathead County sheriff's office at (406) 758-5600.

Waller is described as 5 feet tall and about 165 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.