Police: Missing Douglas Woman Is Alive; Private Investigator Says “Very Complex Case”

Douglas police said Amy Needham, the former director of a domestic violence facility, is alive.

Jen Kocher

September 15, 20213 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

Douglas police have made contact with the female veteran from Douglas who was reported as missing after last being seen in June.

According to Detective Sean Leman of the Douglas Police Department, 41-year-old Amy  Frontiero Needham “is alive and well” as confirmed in a Sunday phone call with her and is no longer considered a missing person.

“To maintain Amy’s privacy as well as the integrity of the case, there isn’t much more I can disclose,” Leman wrote to Cowboy State Daily Wednesday, adding that her name has been removed from the National Crime Information Center as missing.

However, Leman said the case remains active until other information can be corroborated.

Needham, 41, was last seen on June 5 at a motel in Burlington, Colorado, with a female companion who identified herself as “Michelle Halle,” which may not be her actual name. 

Needham, the former director of a facility for victims of domestic violence in Douglas, apparently met Halle at the facility.

Halle told her that she was on the run from an abusive husband and needed help.

The pair reportedly have been staying at various motels throughout Nebraska and Colorado, but Needham has not contacted friends or family members since leaving Douglas, which family members say is unlike her, according to a release from “We Help the Missing,” a national non-profit that helps locate missing people throughout the country. 

Needham also left without taking any personal belongings or her dogs and car, per WHTM private investigator Amanda Waldron, and it is believed that she left under suspicious circumstances. 

“This case is very complex, and the back story is long, complicated, part of the investigation and not to be shared publicly,” Waldron said. 

According to Waldron, the phone call between law enforcement and Needham was short and police are still working to verify other information about her whereabouts.

“It was a very short call from a burner phone,” Waldron said. “They are still concerned with her well-being and are still trying to make physical contact with her as the call was very concerning.”

She has not reported to a law enforcement agency to verify her information as requested by Leman, Waldron added, and police do not know her actual location.

Needham is a Casper native who had previously served in the Air Force. 

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Jen Kocher

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