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Police cancel search for missing Billings toddler

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Spencer Budde, Jr. Spencer Budde, Jr.
Spencer Budde, Sr. Spencer Budde, Sr.

UPDATE:  The Billings police are no longer searching for Spencer Budde Jr. according to a press release.

The child was turned over to Child Protective Services Wednesday evening.

Police said Spencer Budde Sr. was cooperative and turned the child in once he learned of the alert.


Police have requested the public's help in locating Spencer Budde Junior, who may be with his non-custodial father.

A Missing Endangered Person Advisory was issued shortly before 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Spencer is 2.5 years old and was last seen April 13.

Spencer is described as a white male, 3 foot tall, 30 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, and a light complexion.

A court awarded custody of Spencer to Child & Family Services on Wednesday, April 19.

Authorities believe that Spencer is with his non-custodial father Spencer Budde Sr.

Budde Sr., 37, is described as a white male, 5 foot 10 inches tall, 175 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Budde Sr. has tattoos on his chest, back, upper right arm, left shoulder and left hand, and left hand.

Budde's vehicle is unknown.

If you have any information, please call Billings Police at (406) 657-8460.\


The Montana Department of Justice provides the following information about the differences between AMBER Alerts and Missing/Endangered Person Advisories:

Montana AMBER Alert Criteria

To activate the program, all of the following criteria must be met:

There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that a child has been abducted or has disappeared under suspicious circumstances.

The missing child is age 17 years or younger, or has a proven mental or physical disability.

The law enforcement agency believes the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.

There is enough descriptive information about the victim and abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child.

The child's name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer.

The AMBER Alert system is not used to track runaways, missing children, or children involved in custody disputes. The program is restricted to child abduction cases that could be life threatening.

MEPA – Missing and Endangered Person Advisory

A MEPA is a modified alert program designed to provide Montana law enforcement agencies another option to respond to the types of missing person cases they typically deal with. This may include tracking runaways, missing children, children involved in custody disputes and missing adults. MEPA can be used in situations that do not meet AMBER Alert criteria, but do meet the MEPA criteria outlined below. 

MEPA Criteria: A MEPA Advisory is initiated solely by Montana law enforcement agencies using the following criteria:

Do the circumstances fail to meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert? (If they do meet the criteria, immediately follow the AMBER Alert protocol.)

Is the person missing under unexplained, involuntary or suspicious circumstances?

Is the person believed to be in danger because of age, health, mental or physical disability, or environmental or weather conditions; to be in the company of a potentially dangerous person; or is there some other factor that may put the person in peril?

Is there information that could assist the public in the safe recovery of the missing person? The initial advisory will include any available information, like name, age, physical description, date of birth and where the person was last seen. It might also include information about whether the person has a health condition or physical or mental disability.

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