BIA takes on two Blackfeet missing persons cases
February 14, 2023
Two missing-person cases on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation are now in the hands of federal agents specializing in solving missing and murdered Indigenous persons incidents.
Arden Pepion and Leo Wagner both disappeared from Blackfeet in April 2021. In the almost two years they’ve been missing, both of their cases have yielded little in the way of answers. In July of 2022, Blackfeet Law Enforcement formally requested that the Bureau of Indian Affairs Missing and Murdered Unit take the lead for Pepion and Wagner’s cases, according to a BIA spokesperson.
What happened to Leo and Arden?
On April 27, 2021, Leo Wagner, who was 26 at the time, went missing. Details around his case are murky. On June 1, 2021, Blackfeet officers said in an update that Wagner was last seen by family and friends near the St. Mary and Babb areas, just east of Glacier National Park. On May 1, law enforcement searched those areas.