Left and Center: Megan circa, 1980
Right: Age Progressed to age 38
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: April 30, 1980
Missing From: St. Ignatius, Lake County, Montana
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: January 12, 1978
Age: 2 years old
Height and Weight: 2’1″ and 25 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Brown hair, Brown eyes
NCMEC Number: 601402
Details of Disappearance
Megan Ginevicz was last seen playing in the unfenced yard of her home with her brother in the early afternoon hours on April 30th 1980 in St. Ignatius, Montana. Her home was located in a remote and wooded area of the region. Megan vanished while her mother was inside doing chores. She has never been seen again.
Authorities believe that Megan likely wandered away from her yard and got lost and subsequently perished. It rained and snowed in the next ten days after Megan disappeared and if she was out in the wilderness, she would not have survived. They also consider that she may have wandered into a nearby stream and drowned or that she was attacked by a wild animal, possible a grizzly bear. Extensive searches uncovered no signs to her whereabouts.
Authorities have looked at the possibility that Megan may have been abducted by a stranger but they discount the possibility as there was only one road that lead up to Megan’s house and no one reported seeing any suspicious persons or vehicles when she disappeared. Megan’s mother and father divorced earlier in 1980 and Megan, her brother, and her mother moved to Montana. Her mother worked as a nanny for a family in exchange for room and board for her and her children.
Megan’s father lived in Colorado at the time but traveled to Montana to assist in the search for his daughter. He believes that Megan was abducted by a family who wanted a child and that Megan is unaware of her status as a missing child. Both of her parents were ruled out in the investigation.
Her father stated that in 1984, he got an anonymous phone call from a woman who told him to stop looking for Megan and that she was part of a spiritual movement. There were also rumors that a girl matching Megan’s description was seen being loaded into plane at the nearby landing strip and flown off.
In 1999, Megan’s father claimed that he knew who abducted his daughter and who she was currently. He stated that she was abducted by several individuals who were concealed by their high roles in society. It has not been confirmed that Megan was taken and investigators still thinks he probably got lost.
Megan’s disappearance remains unsolved. It’s classified as a non family abduction by most agencies.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Lake County Sheriffs Office 406-883-2121
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children