Episode 140 – Abduction At Big Sky

In the early 1980s, many of the staff at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky Montana were like a close-knit family, both working and living together on the property. Not only did the Lone Mountain actually function as a working cattle ranch, it also offered luxury guest accommodations for tourists looking to get a taste of the Old West.

On a hot July day in 1984, one of the staff members decided to go out for a run along a well-used trail through the scenic beauty of the surrounding area…she never showed up for work that night.

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Research & Writing:

Ryan Deininger



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Incident at Big Sky

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Carnegie Hero (Alan)

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