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Authorities Continue Search for Missing Butte Man

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Butte-Silver Bow and Jefferson County authorities continue to search for 54-year-old James Ryan, while Lewis and Clark police proceed with an investigation into his involvement in alleged embezzlement from his union.

The Butte man was last seen in February and is suspected of being in the Homestake Pass area, where his car was found and where he is known to run.

But after weeks of looking the search is suspended.

"We do plan to still go up there," said Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle. "To the best of my knowledge, there is no information out there that he has been seen or spotted anywhere else."

While local authorities continue to search, Lewis and Clark County police are now investigating accusations that Ryan was embezzling from his work at the Sheet Metal Workers Union in Helena.

According to a union letter, Ryan allegedly stole $175,000 from the union.

But Ryan's family says that doesn't sound like the man they know.

"These accusations are way out of character for my brother," said Kelly Grandberg, James' sister. "I just can't imagine him doing any of these things. I just wish that he was here to defend himself."

Even with the investigation in Helena, local officials say they will still treat this as a missing persons case.

"Right now, the car is the only lead we have," said Doolittle. "Is there another investigation? I'm aware that there is now. It doesn't change the fact that he's still a missing person, and we're still looking for him."

Sheriff Doolittle says they will continue to search for Ryan at Homestake Pass when the snow melts.

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