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    Selena Shelley Faye Not Afraid (16) was found dead after going missing for two weeks

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...an/2851337001/

    The FBI issued an alert for a missing Montana girl on Wednesday, a week after she disappeared on her way home from a New Year's party.

    Selena Shelley Faye Not Afraid, 16, was last seen outside a rest area off Interstate 90 between Hardin and Billings, according to the FBI's be-on-the-lookout (BOLO) notice.

    On New Year's Day at 2 p.m., Not Afraid left a disabled car and walked into a field next to the rest stop, the FBI said. Police agencies from neighboring South Dakota and Wyoming have since joined the search.

    Students from her high school showed their support this week, The Billings Gazette reported, bringing posters with hashtags for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) to the rest area. The Crow Nation, which Not Afraid is a member of, has assisted search efforts, and organizers have started a GoFundMe to raise money for a reward for information.

    The disproportionate disappearances and deaths of Native American girls and women prompted President Donald Trump to create a task force for the issue two months ago. In 2018, The Associated Press found 633 indigenous women made up 0.7% of open missing persons cases despite being 0.4% of the U.S. population.

    Congress has tried to gather more data on missing and murdered natives through pending legislation such as Savanna's Act, which is named after a member of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe who was brutally murdered in 2017.

    Big Horn County Undersheriff Eric Winburn told the Billings newspaper the agency is doing everything it can to find Not Afraid. Search efforts have been made on foot and horseback, as well as with helicopters, thermal drones and K-9 units, The Gazette reported.

    The FBI's specially-trained child abduction team joined the search on Tuesday, according to the newspaper.

    Not Afraid was last seen wearing a black coat, gray sweater, blue jeans and gray ankle boots, which were not adequate for the weather conditions, the FBI said. She has a scar near her mouth and a cross tattoo on her middle finger.
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    https://heavy.com/news/2020/01/selen...fraid-missing/

    The official story is that Selena ran off into a field near the Interstate rest stop and disappeared after being left there with another young Native American woman the family says was found with scratched legs from running through bushes and without shoes, hiding in a ditch. It almost sounds like the plot of the movie Wind River, which featured a missing Native American woman who runs without shoes in frigid weather; however, the family of Selena Not Afraid strongly believes she is still alive, and this missing person’s case is all too real.

    Detectives now view Selena’s disappearance as “suspicious.” There is a GoFundMe page to raise money for a reward to solve Selena’s case.

    Cheryl Horn, a “blood sister” of Selena’s mother who watched Selena grow up and is actively involved in the search for the teenager, told Heavy in a lengthy interview: “We believe she was taken. She did not get out and run.”

    She said the family was told that a “man in a green car” may have tried to get the two girls to go with him, and they ran. She questioned why authorities have not issued an Amber Alert for Selena. “We’re having to be our own investigators,” she told Heavy.

    On Facebook, family members and friends have posted extensively on the disappearance. They’ve been posting a Billings, Montana address where they say Selena was with other young people before she disappeared.

    Selena’s name is given different ways by the news media and authorities. According to the Montana Department of Justice, her full name is Selina Shelley Faye Not Afraid. However, on Facebook, she goes by the name Selena Bell, and family members use the Selena spelling also. Many in the news media are calling her Selina Not Afraid.
    “Selina left a disabled vehicle at the rest area on foot walking into an adjacent field to the rest area. She is possibly intoxicated and is not dressed for the weather conditions. She was last seen wearing a black coat, grey sweater, blue jeans, and grey ankle boots. Selina is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 133 lbs. She has a scar near her mouth and a tattoo of a cross on her middle finger. If you have any information on Selina, please call the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office at 665-9780 or dial 9 1 1.”

    People on Facebook are sharing a Snapchat video they say shows a man in an altercation with a barely visible Selena at the rest stop.
    In 2014, Selena’s twin sister Zoe died at age 11. A story on the twin’s death reads, “Zoey was born June 18, 2003, along with her twin sister, Selena, to Jacquelena Big Hair and Leroy (Shelia) Not Afraid.” Six people received Zoey’s organs when she died. Horrifically, the Billings sixth grader killed herself.

    In 2014, the Rapid City Journal reported that Zoe Not Afraid was “the youngest person in Montana to die by suicide in at least a decade.” Her father Leroy Not Afraid alleged she was bullied in middle school, the newspaper reported, but Horn believes the real story is far more complicated. Zoe’s obituary described her as loving dancing and the color pink.

    “Losing her twin made her (Selena) a whole different girl,” Horn said. “Zoe used to be the outgoing one,” and Selena then became more outgoing. But she “never got through the sadness of it. It’s a deep story.”

    In 2017, Selena’s brother Preston Bell was killed by the police. Preston’s picture is Selena’s cover photo on Facebook. In 2018, Selena wrote, “Happy birthday Preston Bell ��You are truly missed, love you alwaysss brother… #onelove ��” Tristen liked the post. Preston was only 24 years old.

    With so much heartbreak, it’s unthinkable that the family would have to go through such trauma again.

    According to the Facebook page For the Missing: Pacific Northwest, Not Afraid “was part of a group of… people driving to Hardin when the car broke down and restarted… people left in the vehicle and the driver called a relative to pick up Not Afraid and another girl left behind. Only one girl was at the rest stop when the relative arrived.” At least that’s one version of the story.

    Sheriff Pete Big Hair told KTVQ that the van had a mechanical problem the driver was able to fix.

    The driver was allegedly worried the vehicle would stall again so he called his mother to get Not Afraid and another woman left behind. However, Not Afraid wasn’t there when the woman showed up, according to the television station.

    “There’s about two or three different stories from these people in the vehicle,” Big Hair said to the television station. “They’re not all in one story. There’s different stories from a couple of them. We kind of don’t know if they’re telling the truth or not. So that’s why we want to verify.” The television station reported that some of the two men and three women in the van are from Billings.

    A relative claimed on Facebook: “Apparently they were all in a van and some reason two girls were kicked out. One was found. Selena still missing.” She also claimed, “The girl said Selena ran towards the trees in the field. That’s all she said.” She added: “The girl they found… hiding in the ditch with no shoes can’t remember what happened. She had no shoes and was all scratched up. Something happened.” Authorities have not publicly verified those details, however.

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    What an odd story.


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    The body of missing teen Selena Not Afraid was found Monday morning within a mile of the I-90 rest area where she was reported last seen, according to Big Horn County Sheriff Lawrence Big Hair.

    Foul play is not suspected, the sheriff said in a press release.

    Federal law enforcement agents found Selena?s body around 10:30 a.m., approximately three-quarters of a mile to a mile southwest of the mile marker 474 rest stop, where she was last seen, the sheriff said.

    "Please keep Jackie, Leroy and their extended family members in your thoughts and give them the time and space to grieve and come to grips with this terrible loss," Big Hair wrote.

    Selena?s mother is Jackie Big Hair, and her father is Leroy Not Afraid.

    Selena's auntie Cheryl Horn said she woke up with a gut feeling that today they'd bring Selena home.

    "All this time I didn't feel heaviness. I didn't feel frustration," she said. "Today I felt it."

    But more than anything it's relieving to have her home, she said. On social media Horn expressed gratitude to those who helped search for Selena.

    "We're thankful," she said. "Without everybody we wouldn't be able to still stand strong. Our heart is broken, but our prayers are answered."

    Selena, 16, had been missing since New Year's Day. Two days later, Big Hair said her disappearance ?was beginning to look suspicious.?

    According to Big Hair, Selena was last seen driving from Billings to Hardin in a van with five adults ? two men and three women. Selena was the only youth in the van, Big Hair said. She had been in Billings for a New Year's Eve party and had gotten a ride the next day.

    Big Hair said the van broke down at the truck stop. Selena and a woman got out while the driver worked to start the van, according to the missing person's report.

    When the van restarted, the driver was worried it would break down again and drove off without Selena and the woman, Big Hair said. According to Big Hair, the woman with Selena had asked the driver to wait.

    A relative arrived to pick them up 10-15 minutes later, but only the woman was at the rest stop, according to Big Hair.

    She told officers Selena had walked off into a nearby field. She was last seen around 2 p.m.

    Early in the investigation Big Hair said that information from the people in the van wasn't lining up.

    ?Some of their stories have been conflicting,? he said, of the people who were reportedly driving Selena to Hardin.
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    But yet foul play is not suspected???

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    https://people.com/crime/selena-not-...rl-found-dead/

    Foul play is not suspected in the death of Selena Faye Not Afraid, said Big Horn County Sheriff Lawrence C. Big Hair, who confirmed the discovery of her body “with great sadness.”

    Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy, but they suspect Not Afraid died as a result of hypothermia, Undersheriff Eric Winburn tells PEOPLE.

    “We won’t rule it out until we know for sure,” he says, adding than when she was last seen, Not Afraid was not properly dressed for outside weather conditions.

    Facilities at the rural rest stop off I-90 midway between Billings and Hardin were locked because authorities turn off the water to prevent pipes from freezing, he says.

    Not Afraid was traveling home to Hardin with friends from a New Year’s party in Billings, about 50 miles away, when their van broke down at about 2 p.m. on January 1. She and others got out and wandered off while the driver attempted to restart the vehicle, says Winburn, but when the driver did so, he had to quickly push the pedal to the floor to keep the vehicle moving.

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    Those outside of the vehicle had been told to get inside beforehand, and when the driver pulled away, he was aware Not Afraid and another girl weren’t in the van. Knowing this, the driver called for someone to retrieve the two girls, but when the second driver reached the rest stop, only one of the girls was there, says Winburn.

    Not Afraid had “tried to convince the other girl to climb the fence with her,” he says, but that girl stayed behind. “The one girl said (Not Afraid) just started heading out towards the trees.”

    The teen’s uncle, Crow Tribal Chairman A.J. Not Afraid, issued a statement expressing his “great sorrow.”

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    Sounds to me like she was trying to get away from someone, she was scared. Why else run like that?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    Sounds to me like she was trying to get away from someone, she was scared. Why else run like that?
    That's what I am thinking too, which is why I question the "no foul play" thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    That's what I am thinking too, which is why I question the "no foul play" thing.
    I can see no foul play in the way she died, but the events leading up to it are questionable.


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    https://www.mtpr.org/post/relatives-...-old-crow-girl

    Relatives, Law Enforcement Clash Over What Killed 16-Year-Old Crow Girl

    Update Jan. 23, 2020: A preliminary autopsy report released Thursday says Selena Not Afraid died of hypothermia. Montana's chief medical examiner at the state crime lab in Billings also found there were no wounds, broken bones or other signs of violence on her body. A toxicology report has not yet been completed and could take several weeks. The following story was published before the autopsy report was released.

    Law enforcement and family members are clashing over what they say killed a 16-year-old Crow girl, who was found dead near an Interstate-90 rest stop earlier this week.

    Annie Leider is writing down questions she has about what happened to her niece, Selena Not Afraid.

    She’s at the old Crow casino, taking notes on a massive piece of construction paper as relatives and friends shout out questions about Not Afraid’s death and disappearance.

    Earlier this week, Not Afraid’s body was found less than a mile from the Interstate-90 rest stop where she was last spotted New Years Day.

    Law enforcement says there’s no evidence of foul play, but some relatives say her body was dumped. There’s a growing movement online that agrees.

    One online commenter using the hashtag #Justice4Sal, wrote, “If I hear the words 'hyperthermia' or 'No foul play suspected' one more time, I'm starting a f***ing riot.”

    For the past year, the community has watched as a handful of girls have gone missing or turned up dead in Big Horn County, where parts of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations lie.

    Some of those cases have been ruled as deaths of exposure or have come back inconclusive. The Not Afraid family says they won’t let that happen to Not Afraid, an enrolled Crow tribal member who was a junior at Hardin High School.

    “We just have a lot of questions that need to be answered,” Leider said.

    “We just don’t want this to be swept under the rug anymore. There’s just too many bodies found with no answers. And this is enough. Enough. This is enough."

    Eleven Native Americans are currently missing in Big Horn County, according to the Montana Department of Justice’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse. The only other Montana county with that many missing indigenous people is Yellowstone, but it has more than twelve times the population.

    “There’s just too many,” Leider said.

    “Especially the young ones. Just the past few months, we’ve been hearing almost every other day, we hear about someone missing. And we were hoping to get our Selena back alive but it didn’t turn out that way. It’s got to stop sometime. It’s got to stop. We just want justice for our girls. Our people.”

    To Leider, justice would mean having law enforcement investigate why no one found Not Afraid’s body earlier. Leider said volunteers looked unsuccessfully in the exact place where U.S. Department of Interior searchers found her days later.

    Leider went to the site where Not Afraid’s body was found the day after it was discovered.

    “What I saw is there’s no imprint of a body,” Leider said. “If a body laid there for 19 plus days, there would’ve been an imprint there.”

    She also said there were tire tracks near the site, which the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office denies. She wants to know why there were no body fluids at the scene. She also wants to know why early reports included that Not Afraid was possibly intoxicated.

    Francine Amyotte, Not Afraid’s grandmother, also went with Leider to the site to smudge and lay down flowers.

    “When we went there, we weren’t satisfied,” Amyotte said.

    “We had questions like, 'why wasn’t there any evidence that she had been there since day one?'”

    Amyotte thinks what happened is that her granddaughter was being held hostage during the near three-weeks she was missing.

    Big Horn County Undersheriff Eric Winburn said he’s found no evidence to support that throughout his investigation.

    “We have to follow the evidence,” WInburn said. “If they have evidence that there was foul play, they need to bring it to the sheriff’s office and we can investigate it. But we have no evidence that there was foul play. Absolutely none.”

    He said there’s no sign that anyone else was near the site.

    “There’s no tire tracks,” he said.

    “If you’re carrying her, there’s going to be deep footprints, right? Because your weight and her weight, you’re going to have deep footprints. There’s no footprints out there.”

    That’s how he said he knows no one dumped her body.

    “We think she wandered out there and died of hypothermia,” Winburn said. “That’s what we think.”

    He said the autopsy will reveal if any violence was done to Not Afraid and how much alcohol was in her system.

    “She had been drinking,” he said. “We don’t know the extent she’d been drinking and that might have been part of it too, yes.”

    When asked what he meant by “part of it,” Winburn said, “Somebody that’s been drinking may do something that somebody who’s sober may not do something. So she may not have wandered out there. Who knows.”

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