by Travis Mateer
UPDATE WITH CONTACT INFO BELOW!
I was glad to see local media cover the still missing case of Rebekah Barsotti. I wanted to highlight some of the things that stood out to me from the article, especially for those who refuse to pay the Missoulian subscription fee and would therefore not be able to take note of the developments.
Since private investigators have become involved, the Sheriff of Mineral County, Sheriff Toth, wanted the Missoulian to know they are following up on leads. From the link:
These investigators are separate entities from local law enforcement, and Mineral County Sheriff Mike Toth said his team has continues to follow reliable leads passed along to them. He also said the Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigators will be coming to Superior in a few weeks to review Mineral County’s case file on Rebekah.
“We’re at where we’re at,” Toth said.
The next part is confusing, but maybe that’s because I was told by the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department never had the case, they were just helping out, so that would make “returning” the case inaccurate.
From the link (emphasis mine):
In September, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office issued a news release saying all leads have been exhausted in relation to Barsotti’s disappearance. The case was returned to Mineral County, where it remains an active missing persons case.
The next part of the article finally introduces something that has been omitted in the reporting of this case thus far, and that’s claims of domestic violence.
For Mastrovito, her daughter’s case has transitioned into an effort to raise domestic violence awareness, citing allegations that Barsotti’s former spouse was abusive. Authorities have not connected the case to domestic violence.
To get to the connection that authorities refuse to make you have to read nearly to the end of the article to get this:
Last March, David Barsotti, who Rebekah was separated from, was arrested on suspicion of partner or family member assault that caused a reasonable apprehension of bodily injury, according to court documents filed in to the Mineral County Justice Court. As a result of the arrest, David was ordered to have no contact with Rebekah.
That March interaction with law enforcement certainly seems like a big red flag, but I’m not an investigator, so what do I know?
I’ll continue tracking this story as the search continues.
If you have ANY information about Rebekah Barsotti, please contact private investigator James Terry. He can be reached at 813-993-2242.