KPAX-Not only have LifeGuard founders Lowell and Tami Hochhalter organized searches for missing people and conducted trainings, but now they're adding a safe house. read more
HELENA, Mont. – On the last day of Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Governor Greg Gianforte today announced a partnership between Town Pump, the LifeGuard Group, and the State of Montana to raise awareness and put an end to human trafficking in Montana. read more
HELENA — Jan. 11 is the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness, and Montana leaders marked the day by proposing a major overhaul of the state’s trafficking laws. read more
Ravalli County MT - “Human trafficking is alive and well in Montana,” says Lowell Hochhalter, CEO of the LifeGuard Group, a non-profit organization that works to end human trafficking. Very soon the Bitterroot Valley will be home to a safe house where former victims can safely rebuild their lives. The LifeGuard Group is readying LifeHouse at Crooked Tree Ranch which, in its initial stages, will accommodate up to six women. read more
RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Non profit, Retired Investigators Guild ( RIG ), has joined forces with The Lifeguard Group to fight human trafficking.
Founder and CEO of RIG, Mike Marty, formed the non profit to take retired law enforcement officers and volunteer their expertise to fill a void wherever needed. It consists of a team of former major case investigators who donate their time to law enforcement agencies. Marty says that their mission is to restore America’s faith in law enforcement and provide tireless efforts of going for criminals in pursuit of justice for violent crimes. read more
MISSOULA, Mont. — Human trafficking is on the rise and a Missoula couple is working to turn that around.
Tami and Lowell Hochhalter join NBC Montana’s Laurel Staples for this week’s Spotlight Montana podcast.
They are the founders of The LifeGuard Group. read more
Helena, MT - A coalition of law enforcement, nonprofit and private organizations on Wednesday unveiled the Sentinel Project, a collaborative undertaking. read more
MISSOULA – It has been approximately seven weeks since 23-year-old Jermain Charlo went missing and on Saturday, family, friends, and volunteers gathered to search near the Great Wolf Peak Casino by Evero Hill. read more
MISSOULA - The LifeGuard Group reports in a social media post that 34-year-old Frances Birdinground has been found.
No further information has been released.
(first report: 10:45 a.m. - Jan. 6, 2020)
The Missoula Police Department is asking people to be on the lookout for a woman who been reported missing from the Great Falls area.
MPD stated in a Wednesday morning social media post that 34-year-old Frances Birdinground, who was last seen in Great Falls on Monday may be in the Missoula area. read more
MISSOULA — It’s been 18 months since Dixon woman Jermain Charlo went missing and despite the lack of progress in Charlo’s case, the search continues.
She was last seen near the Orange Street Food Farm in Missoula on June 16, 2018. Search warrants and interviews have been completed, and dozens of leads investigated since Charlo's disappearance. read more
MISSOULA, Mont. — The numbers for human trafficking appear to be on the rise in Montana.
According to a report from the Montana Department of Justice, the number of incidents went from seven in 2015 to 69 in 2021.
It's a large jump, but experts say the increase is not due to more people involved in this crime, but more an increase in awareness. read more
Chances are, right now, there's an old saddle buried somewhere under a pile of dusty tak in the back corner of a Montana barn. This saddle has been forgotten, just like the hole in the barn's roof that's been patched over by a swallow's nest. However, outside of Missoula, there's a ranch where old saddles like those are being restored by people... read more
Interested in starting your own journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Lowell Hochhalter, Founder of The LifeGuard Group, located in Missoula, MT, USA. read more
Nearly 20 organizations and non-profits gathered together to continue conversations on how to combat human trafficking in the state.
Discussions centered around three topics: social and community services, law enforcement and prosecution, and legislation.
"If we're willing to be silent today, our kids are vulnerable tomorrow," said Lowell Hochhalter, executive director and co-founder of The LifeGuard Group. read more
Family, neighbors and strangers unite online and on the ground to search for Jermain Charlo, as an expansive multi-agency law enforcement investigation works day and night to solve the case read more
Cigarettes, chew and the occasional suicide note were the standard surrenderings from students after former youth pastor Lowell Hochhalter would give presentations at school assemblies across Montana and the country. But as time went on, he said the offerings became more grim, like stories aligning with signs of human trafficking.
“That was world rocking to me. I didn’t even think it could be possible,” Hochhalter said. read more
The Governor’s Office announced the partnership among the state, Town Pump and the LifeGuard Group in a news release on Monday — the last day of Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The LifeGuard Group is a nonprofit based in Missoula that works to stop trafficking. read more
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