Rebekah Grace Rose, known by her married name of Rebekah Grace Barsotti, went missing July 20, 2021.
Angela and Gerry Mastrovito, Rebekah's parents - are devastated.
Here is what they know:
Rebekah's parents say in March of 2021 she placed a 911 call for help; it was a call about domestic abuse, Rebekah was being assaulted. Rebekah informed her mother that Rebekah’s husband was legally removed from the premises. Due to the assault against Rebekah, Rebekah's husband was incarcerated in Mineral County jail for three nights.
Following the assault on March 9th, 2021 - in which authorities became involved; resulting in a "Partner / Family Member Assault Charge" against Rebekah's husband and a "Standing Order Of No Contact" between them - Rebekah's parents say she moved from her martial home in Superior, Montana to Missoula, Montana. Her parents say she was fleeing the abusive marriage. Rebekah's mom and stepdad say Rebekah expressed fear of her estranged husband. Rebekah’s best friend Cerberus, a male Belgian Malinois, had been trained to protect her from harm.
On July 20th, 2021 - Rebekah's parents were informed Rebekah was officially missing; her status as dead or alive could not be confirmed as her location and condition was not known.
Rebekah's parents were informed authorities found her car parked at a rest stop along the Clark Fork River near mile marker 72 on Interstate 90. That day she had driven with her dog from Missoula to Superior to gather the last of her things from her martial home via a third party person handoff - as the "Standing Order Of No Contact" was in place and Rebekah and her estranged husband were legally prohibited from meeting in person. As the family understands it, this third party handoff-person was the last person to see Rebekah alive. It is reported this third party person met Rebekah at Town Pump in Superior around 2:15 pm and then Rebekah and her dog Cerberus were never seen again.
Rebekah's parents say it appeared as though Rebekah and her dog had stopped along the Clark Fork River, at mile marker 72 on Interstate 90, and that they potentially had been swept down stream or drowned. It was reported that Rebekah's vehicle and some of her personal items were found at this location. They say there is a video - taken by Rebekah on her own phone, which was also found - of Rebekah training Cerberus on the beach of the river at this location around 3:15 pm, July 20, 2021. Six days later, on July 26, 2021, Cerberus - Rebekah's beloved dog - was found deceased along the edge of this river, by local authorities, about ten miles downstream from mile marker 72. Authorities say it appeared as though Cerberus had drowned; an official necropsy was never performed. In a state of shock Rebekah's parents say they opted to have Cerberus cremated because they had been informed the dog was too badly decomposed to benefit from an official necropsy or toxicology report. Results from an official postmortem examination of Rebekah's dog are not known.
Rebekah's mother and stepfather, Angela and Gerry Mastrovito, her father Ralph Rose, brother Antonio Alatorre, and all members of her extended family, love this woman – Rebekah Grace Barsotti – dearly. They describe this journey as “a tsunami, earthquake and hurricane occurring at the same time.”
To this day Rebekah, and any trace of her physical being remains unfound.
To this day Rebekah remains officially missing without anyone knowing what really happened to her and for her parents this is unbearable; it's an unacceptable conclusion. Possible scenarios other than that of a potential river accident have yet to be investigated, including the potentiality of events such as abduction, a human trafficking related incident, or possible scenarios relating to the fact that the rest stop where Rebekah’s car and belongings were found is a high use truck stop area and a high use fishing access site with countless individuals frequenting an area open to opportunities for harm. Rebekah’s family seeks for every possibility relating to what could have occurred in the disappearance of their daughter to be examined thoroughly so that each and every scenario might be ruled out and eliminated.
Those closest to Rebekah, her mother and stepfather, Angela and Gerry Mastrovito, as well as her beloved father, Ralph Rose, hail from Virginia. Her beloved big brother, Antonio Alatorre hails from Pennsylvania. Extended family, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends live in the eastern region of the United States. Angela and Gerry Mastrovito are now transplants to the Missoula community; they're here searching for a lost daughter; and they can't quit, they can't give up. Those closest to Rebekah also hail from Montana; friends, co-workers, relationships she built over ten years of living in and around the state. Rebekah was a Montana local. She was hardworking and professional. Rebekah was kind and warm. She had a tremendous heart. Rebekah's entire family is deeply grateful for all those who care for her and who continue to commit to her - local authorities, countless volunteers, strangers turned friends, allies of Rebekah, and all those who continue to search for her; who continue to make certain that a woman from Montana, a member of this community, is simply not allowed to vanish without questions being answered. The process is draining emotionally, mentally, physically and financially for all involved.
Rebekah's parents simply can't accept an incomplete ending; a version of events where their daughter dies mysteriously in a river accident without proof, without any real evidence that Rebekah actually entered the water that day on her own volition, or even that she entered the water at all. Rebekah’s parents know there's more to unearth before a lost daughter remains gone forever; never to be touched, or held or hugged again. On her behalf Rebekah's parents have to fight for a comprehensive search; they have to fight to include in the story of her disappearance the story and the truth of her past.
To this day the Clark Fork River has revealed no trace of Rebekah's body. Hundreds of individuals; local authorities, river professionals, volunteers, family and friends have searched tirelessly over every stretch of the river, over countless hours, and found nothing. No trace of Rebekah’s body has ever been found in the water. Rebekah's parents are distraught and they have to ask hard questions. They have to ask to search not only the river but beyond, into every possibility of events, because when a woman fears she'll be made to disappear and then she actually does; when that daughter who was scared literally is plucked from our worlds without proof, without facts evincing what actually happened then no question is too uncomfortable, no answer is too far out of reach, and no parent can sleep until they've done absolutely everything they know is necessary. Rebekah's parents seek for every possibility to be examined thoroughly, with the highest degree of integrity, and they need help with lodging and legal fees. They need help as they continue to push for an all-inclusive look at her story, at what may have happened to her, and at how she might be brought home.
Donations will go directly to Angela and Gerry Mastrovito. The $25,000 amount will cover a small portion of their Missoula living expenses and the vast majority will be dedicated to Rebekah's legal process; to unearthing a more complete picture of what may have happened to her that day, July 20, 2021.
These funds are intended to support two grieving parents, but more specifically these funds seek to give Rebekah Grace Barsotti a voice in the story of her disappearance.
Thank you for your help. It means the world.
Anyone with information is additionally invited to come forward; identities will be protected. Please contact Angela Mastrovito via the Facebook page “Find Rebekah Barsotti.”
Statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
- 1 in 3 women & 1 in 4 men will experience DV in their lifetimes. As of 2014 19.3 million vs. 5.1million.
- 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner.
- On a typical day over 20,000 calls are made to DV hotlines across the country (approx. 15 calls/minute).
- 72% of all murder-suicides are perpetrated by intimate partners
- 94% of murder-suicide victims are female.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women ages 15-44 in the United States.
- 37% of all women who sought care in hospital emergency rooms for violence-related injuries were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend.
- According to a report presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee, 50% of all homeless women and children in this country are fleeing domestic violence.
- It is estimated that approximately 25% of people in same-sex relationships experience violence by an intimate partner.
- Intimate Partner Violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
Statistics from the MT DOJ Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission 2019 (most recent report):
- Since 2000 there have been 200 deaths resulting from intimate partner violence (as of December 31, 2018).
- Native Americans are victims of intimate partner homicide at an elevated rate; while constituting approximately 7% of the state’s population, they make up 15% of intimate partner deaths and 11% of intimate partner victims.
- Native American women endure higher levels of sexual and domestic violence as compared to their non-Indian peers. A DOJ study found that Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted.
From the YWCA Missoula:
- During the 2021 fiscal year YWCA Pathways served 1,858 women, men and children, through Crisis Line, Walk-In Center, and Shelter.
- Compared to 2020 fiscal year, 1,556.
Statistics from the MT DOJ Human Trafficking Web Page:
- There are an estimated 57,700 people in modern slavery in the US, according to 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates
- In 2015, more than 90% of sex trafficking cases and 57% of labor trafficking cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center involved women.
- That same year, the NHTRC received 24,757 contacts regarding human trafficking.
- More than 75% of the cases were related to sex trafficking, 13% were related to labor trafficking, and 3% were related to both. Thirty-three percent of sex trafficking cases and 16% of labor trafficking cases involved children.
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