County Coroner wanted on $50,000 warrant
A $50,000 warrant has been issued for the arrest of Big Horn County Coroner Daryl Craig Nordquist, 38, who is wanted for felony attempted aggravated burglary
This article was originally published by Four Points Press on February 4, 2022.
Nordquist is also facing multiple criminal charges in separate cases in Big Horn and Yellowstone Counties.
Nordquist was appointed to the Big Horn County coroner position on July 30, 2020 by the county commission after long-time coroner Terry Bullis retired.
On Dec. 13, Nordquist was arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespass for failing to vacate a residence owned by the Hardin cemetery board. He was authorized to live in the residence until he was terminated from his position as cemetery groundskeeper, a position he held in addition to his duties as coroner.
Nordquist was also charged with misdemeanor criminal contempt for failing to follow the guidelines of his conditional release stemming from an April 2021 arrest for felony theft in Yellowstone County.
According to court documents in that case, Nordquist allegedly purchased two dirt bikes and an all-terrain vehicle despite knowing the items were stolen then reportedly attempted to sell them back to the original owner.
In the most recent case, charging documents show on Jan. 22 at about 7 p.m. a woman requested assistance from the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office because there was a man “a male trying to kick in the door” at her residence located along Cemetery Road west of Hardin.
Two deputies responded to the scene within minutes and found a couple at the residence owned by the Hardin Cemetery District at the Van Zandt Road and Cemetary Road intersection west of Hardin. According to the woman, Nordquist was reportedly making threats against the couple, at one point saying “Open the f—-g door you son of a b—h I am going to kick your a-s.”
During their investigation deputies saw Nordquist’s pickup truck parked in the westbound lane on Van Zandt Road.
According to charging documents, at approximately 7:17 p.m., Nordquist called county dispatch and sounded “out of breath … like he was running.” He told the dispatcher he loaned his truck to his son and the truck had broken down at the “cemetery house.” The dispatcher asked Nordquist for his location and he ended the call.
Dispatch called Nordquist back on a recorded phone line and told him the vehicle needed to be towed because it was blocking the road. Nordquist reportedly responded by using expletives and threatening language.
Meanwhile, deputies saw an open can of Twisted Tea in the cup holder of Nordquist’s truck, and keys in the ignition. Deputies also saw fresh damage to the front driver’s side of the truck and leaking fluids from the vehicle, which created a trail, along with vehicle tire tracks, that led to a canal access road just west of the residence where Nordquist was reportedly threatening the residents.
Deputies also reportedly found an empty Twisted Tea can on the ground at the entrance to the canal access road near a bent reflective sign.
According to charging documents, the woman who called the sheriff’s office, answered a phone call later in the evening from Nordquist’s son. He asked to speak with her husband. When the husband took the phone to speak, Nordquist began speaking and told the couple, “You guys don’t know what you have coming.”
Nordquist did not retrieve the pick-up truck and it was towed.
According to court documents, Nordquist was previously allowed to live at the residence owned by the Cemetery district when he was employed by the district as the Hardin Fairview Cemetery groundskeeper, a position he held in addition to his duties as county coroner.
In early September 2021, the Hardin Cemetery District board held a due process hearing to review Nordquist’s job performance. During the hearing the board voted to terminate Nordquist’s employment effective Oct. 6.
On Oct. 6, Nordquist was served with the notice of termination and a notice to vacate the residence within seven days.
Court documents show, on Oct. 14 Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office was requested to accompany the board of directors to the residence to inspect the property. When board members and the deputy arrived they reportedly saw Nordquist exit his pickup truck, walk into the residence and lock the door behind him.
As the deputy began to look around the property he reportedly saw several empty alcohol beverage containers, including a liquor bottle. Along with the alcohol, the deputy found a .22 caliber handgun on a cooler outside the residence.
Documents also show Nordquist was still residing at the property. He informed the deputy that he had been fired as the caretaker, but he hadn’t moved out of the residence because he said he had nowhere to go. He also reportedly told the deputy his attorney had advised him not to leave the residence until the issue was “settled in court.”
Charging documents also stated Nordquist was still living at the property at the beginning of November even though he had no legal permission to stay on the there.
On Dec. 8 the cemetery board changed the locks at the residence, but court documents show on Dec. 9 deputies went back to the property and found Nordquist still had personal property, as well as two dogs, at the residence.
On Dec. 13, Nordquist was arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespass for failing to vacate the property and misdemeanor criminal contempt for failing to follow his conditions of release stemming from an April 2021 arrest for felony theft in Yellowstone County. According to charging documentsin that case, Nordquist was released on conditions that included him not using or possessing alcohol, firearms or dangerous weapons.
The Big Horn County Justice Court also filed a motion to revoke Nordquist’s release in Yellowstone County, where it is alleged in district court documents he bought stolen off-road vehicles and attempted to sell them back to the original owners.
Nordquist reportedly purchased two dirt bikes and an all-terrain vehicle even though he had the “feeling that they were stolen” during the transaction, he told investigators.
Court documents say the owner of the UTVs reported the theft of a cargo trailer the weekend of April 27. Inside the trailer were four motorcycles and two all-terrain vehicles, which he reported were worth over $23,000.
According to investigators, the owner of the trailer told police he was in contact with Nordquist who reportedly said he might know where the stolen items were located. Nordquist arranged a meeting on April 29, 2021 at a Lockwood Town Pump Store, telling the owner that he was in possession of two of the dirt bikes and one of the all-terrain vehicles.
Law enforcement was present at that meeting and a detective ran a VIN number of the stolen off-road vehicles, which was reported as stolen. Nordquist was taken into custody by a detective with the Yellowstone County Street Crimes Unit.
Court documents show that Nordquist said he purchased the vehicles without titles from a man named “Josh.” He told investigators he never checked with law enforcement to see if the vehicles were reported stolen even though he claimed had a feeling they might have been.
Nordquist faces up to 40 years in the Montana State Prison and/or a fine of not more $50,000 for felony attempted aggravated burglary; up to 10 years in the Montana State Prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000 for felony theft; up to six months in the Big Horn County Jail and/or by a fine of not $500 for misdemeanor criminal trespass; and up to six months in the Big Horn County Jail and/or by a fine of not $500 for misdemeanor criminal contempt.
Note: This story has been edited for clarity.
Sign up for our newsletter
Get Four Points Press in your inbox.
Four Points Press
Independent. Local. Reliable.
More in Archives from Four Points Press
Danetta Danielle Old Elk, 42, Ahwaashtaámiisiitcheesh / Likes To Travel, passed away on April 15, 2022 in Billings, Montana.
The Big Horn County Coroner denied charges stemming from a January incident at the house from which he was evicted
The justice rally will be held in honor of Stops Pretty Places at 11 a.m. on Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s Day,
Writers on the Range
Photographer releases social media, credit card history
Writers on the Range
Writers on the Range
Writers on the Range
Seven file for Sheriff race, City Attorney files for County Attorney race
Writers on the Range
Filmmaker used crowdfunding and side gigs to produce doc.
Missing and Murdered Women of Color
The Lame Deer Morning Stars escaped with a 56-54 quarterfinal win over the Jefferson Panthers
The Colstrip Fillies beat the Huntley Project Red Devils for the third time this season
The Lodge Grass Indians advanced to the semifinals of the Southern B Divisionals.
Due to weather and road conditions, multiple school districts have issued closures for Monday.
Man led law enforcement on a high-speed chase that ended in a shootout with officers, who returned fire.
Big Horn County Coroner Daryl Craig Nordquist was arrested around 5 p.m. in Billings Wednesday, Feb. 9 by Yellowstone County Deputies
VITA services available weekly in Crow Agency
Isaiah Benjamin Antelope, 26, pleaded guilty to the strangulation in April.
Kola Bad Bear was found under the basket for two points.
Terry Lynn Braine was ordered to time served followed by three years of supervised release
Emery Three Irons’ return to education results in improved health and water security on Crow Reservation.
Schoppe passed away at his Hardin residence during the early morning hours on Jan. 19.
The Hardin Bulldogs used a strong fourth quarter to derail the Laurel Locomotives
The Hardin Lady Bulldogs rallied from being down by double-digits in the first half to defeat the Laurel Locomotives.
A man who left his house early Saturday morning has been found.
Search teams were dispatched last night to look for a missing Wyola man who was last seen in the early morning hours of Jan. 8.
Due to a water line break, all Lodge Grass Public School students will be remote learning from home on Monday.
The Valley of the Chiefs District is hosting tonight's New Year’s Powwow at the multi-purpose building in Crow Agency.
The Crow Fair Board is hosting a New Year’s Hot Dance at the multi-purpose building in Crow Agency on Dec. 31.
Alvin Pretty On Top, 41, of Wyola, was shot after a reported altercation on Friday.
One man is dead, and another is in custody in after a Dec 24 shooting in Wyola.
The Office of Public Instruction has announced a grant partnership that will distribute the $2.8 million Montana Afterschool Grant to several programs and school districts statewide.
RayQuan Evans knows that his pursuit of a third college degree is not just about personal accomplishment.
Public health officials and policymakers alike see rapid antigen tests as a strong tool to keep businesses open and parents working. But a look at Montana’s distribution of the tests shows a patchwork system with limited access for many.
But Events Within and Beyond Biden’s Control Stymied Progress.
Turnsplenty charged as adult in aggravated assault case.
Wyoming can no longer prevent Crow Tribal hunters from asserting their treaty-guaranteed hunting rights.
Due to weather and road conditions, local schools will all run on a delayed schedule.
November's call log broken down
A Nevada woman on Thursday, Dec 2 admitted allegations that she brought a minor girl to Billings for illegal commercial sex, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.
Weather delays school by two hours.
Local business owners volunteer as bell ringers for the Salvation Army.
Red, orange and yellow exploded throughout the Center Lodge District sky during the last autumn sunrise of November 2021 in the Benteen area on Tuesday.
Hearing set for Dec. 2
A South Carolina man accused in a large sex trafficking scheme in Montana and other states.
Chief Plenty Coups descendants and Crow Nation representatives were the first to lay down flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in approximately a century.
Law says Center Lodge District Race may require second recount.
Unofficial results in the tribal general election were released via livefeed, Saturday Nov 6.
Polls for the Crow tribal general election will remain open until 8 p.m. today, Nov. 6.
Little Big Horn College invites all Apsaalooké veterans for breakfast or lunch on campus.
City, town elections bring new blood to aldermen lineup
In a strange twist of fate, there seems to be two men born in the 1990s named Cody James Meeks, but which one is Crow? Will the real Cody Meeks please stand up?
Apsáalooke artists join forces for a national project that asks: ‘What does justice look like to you?’