Olivia Lone Bear was last seen on October 24, 2017, in New Town, North Dakota, a community on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Photo: Searching for Olivia
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Bureau of Indian Affairs takes lead in case of missing MHA Nation woman

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has taken the lead in the case of Olivia Lone Bear, a 33-year-old woman who went missing from the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota.

Family members and friends have been searching for Lone Bear since she was last seen on October 24, 2017. They recently asked the BIA to take over the investigation, according to news reports.

A $21,000 reward is being offered in connection with the case, according to Searching for Olivia Lone Bear.

“We cannot put into words how thankful we are as a family to receive such support from the community. Not every family that has a relative go missing is embraced in such a warm way," Matthew Lone Bear, Olivia's brother, said in a press release. "Our family has been uplifted how all families deserve to be. We can never repay that kindness, it means a lot.”

Lone Bear, a mother of five, was last seen leaving an eatery on the reservation in New Town. Search teams have recently started looking in cities outside of the reservation.

Read More on the Story:
BIA takes lead in case of missing North Dakota woman (KXNews February 5, 2018)
BIA takes over Lone Bear investigation (KFGO February 5, 2018)
BIA takes lead in Lone Bear case (The Bismarck Tribune February 3, 2018)
Searchers comb Bismarck for missing woman as volunteer effort expands (The Grand Forks Herald February 3, 2018)

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