NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — Relatives of a missing Native American woman have moved their search beyond the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation to North Dakota’s larger cities, the family recently announced.
Olivia Lone Bear, 33, has been missing from New Town for three months. The mother of five was last seen driving a pickup truck on Oct. 24.
Lone Bear’s family said they’re expanding the search and seeking volunteers in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot and other cities.
Olivia Lone Bear’s brother, Matthew Lone Bear, said they’re looking for help to search parking lots, wreck yards, auto body shops and any location where a truck could disappear. He said groups of volunteers in Dickinson and Bismarck will begin searching those areas this week.
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The family has been leading a search within the reservation since Lone Bear’s disappearance. Matthew Lone Bear said the shift away from the reservation is due to safety reasons.
“It’s just so cold so we don’t really want people out there at that point anyway,” he said. “There’s still a lot of snow on the ground.”
Matthew Lone Bear said the city searches allow volunteers to investigate from within their vehicles during the cold weather.
He said local law enforcement and Three Affiliated Tribes Game & Fish personnel are continuing the search at the reservation.
Detective Sam Lincoln of the Three Affiliated Tribes said there aren’t new findings to report from the police search. Tribal police have followed and documented hundreds of tips from across the country, according to Lincoln.
There’s a $21,000 reward for information that leads to Lone Bear’s recovery or the conviction of a possible assailant.