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Family reported missing in Montana found dead in crash

Posted at 11:27 AM, Nov 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-24 22:15:11-05

(BILLINGS) The family of four from Caldwell, Idaho, who were reported missing on Friday died in a crash on eastbound Interstate 94, about six miles east of I-90.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, the 2017 Toyota 4Rrunner went into the median, traveled between the eastbound and westbound bridge decks, hit a concrete support pillar, and landed in a creek.

Troopers say the crash happened on Thursday at 7 a.m. and the call came in at 8 pm on Friday. The MHP says a 25-year old man, a 25-year old woman, a 5-year old girl and a 1-year old girl were killed.

A family member confirmed the news in a Facebook post:

Updated 11-24-2018 at 9:50 am MST… It has been confirmed that all 4 are deceased.

Search and Rescue have found the car. The kids were in an accident about 6 miles out of Billings. Chelsi Kay Dean and Anthony Dean have been confirmed deceased. They have not been able to reach the little ones, but do not have high hopes that they survived either. Thank you to everyone who shared my endless posts throughout the day. And thanks to those who went out looking for them.

According to TV station KIVI in Idaho, Anthony and his wife both grew up in Caldwell. He was serving in the Air Force and is stationed at Grand Forks, North Dakota, his mother said.

We will update you if we get more details.



(1st REPORT, FRIDAY NIGHT) A North Dakota family of four is missing after failing to arrive at its destination in Montana on Thanksgiving.

The Dean family — a mother, father and two children — were traveling back from Caldwell, Idaho and were supposed to driving through Ekalaka in eastern Montana.

They were last heard from Thursday at around 6:30 a.m. in Billings, saying they would reach its destination around 11 a.m., but they never arrived.

Chelsi Dean is a member of the Manvel, North Dakota, Volunteer Fire Department. She is traveling with her husband, Anthony, and their two children.

They are driving a black SUV, towing an old car.

The Carter County Sheriff’s office confirms a missing persons case has been opened for the family.

If you have any information on the Dean family, contact the Carter County Sheriff’s Department or call 911.

We will update you if we get more information.