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Update: Search suspended for night for teen missing in Big Horn County

Posted at 9:59 AM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 00:42:44-05

Update 10:28 p.m.

The search for Big Horn County teen Selina Not Afraid was suspended at dark on Thursday night.

Family, friends, search and rescue teams and volunteers took to the air, horseback and on foot in a three-to-five mile radius at the rest stop on I-90.

Not Afraid, 16, was riding in a van from Billings to Hardin on New Year’s Day.

The driver of the van fixed a mechanical problem, according to Big Horn County Sheriff Pete Big Hair.

The driver took off with three passengers, leaving Not Afraid and another woman behind because he was concerned the van would stall again.

That driver called his mother to pick up the woman and Not Afraid, who was not there.

“There’s about two or three different stories from these people in the vehicle,” Big Hair said. “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.”

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He said the Big Horn County investigators want to hear from the two men and three women that were in the van with Not Afraid.

Three are from Billings, so the FBI and the Billings police will help with interviews.

Big Hair also said investigators searched the van and found “nothing suspicious.”

Update 8:38 p.m. The Missing Endangered Person Advisory has expired, but Not Afraid has not been found.

Searchers are continuing to look for her.

Check back for updates.

BILLINGS - The search continued Thursday morning for a missing 16-year-old girl last seen at an Interstate 90 rest area.

Law enforcement agencies from Big Horn County and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have set up a command post at the rest area located between Hardin and Billings at mile marker 474.

The family of the missing girl - Selina Shelley Faye Not Afraid - has been at the site overnight.

A person on site said they were searching until 1:30 a.m. Thursday with flashlights. Searching continued Thursday morning with a helicopter, horses and people on foot.

Not Afraid was last seen Wednesday at about 2 p.m. when she left a disabled vehicle at the rest area and walked into an adjacent field. Authorities issued a Missing Endangered Person Alert for the teen Wednesday evening.

Selina Shelley Faye Not Afraid (Photo courtesy Big Horn County Sheriff's Office)

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