- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The FBI has joined the search for a 79-year-old Montana woman and her son who disappeared days after she retrieved a large bar of gold from the home of her deceased ex-husband.

Beverly Giannonatti of Deer Lodge picked up the gold bar on Oct. 19 after it was discovered by a cleaning lady, Powell County Sheriff Scott Howard said.

A friend reported Giannonatti missing on Oct. 31 after she failed to show up at functions she usually attended.

There were no signs of a struggle in her home, her son’s home or the residence of Bill Giannonatti, who died in August.

Officials say Beverly Giannonatti was having work done at her ex-husband’s house before moving there when a cleaning lady found the gold bar. Howard declined to release its value.

Beverly was last seen on Oct. 28 having lunch with another man. Her son, 57-year-old Gregory Giannonatti, was last seen driving away from his house that night.

“Because of the amount of time that has elapsed since they were last seen, I feel the outcome is not going to be good,” Howard said earlier this week.

Beverly Giannonatti is white with dark hair and hazel eyes. She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 105 pounds and wears glasses. Her son is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 230 pounds. He has gray hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information about the Giannonattis’ location was asked to call the Powell County sheriff’s office at 406-846-2711.


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