The Montana/Dakotas office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has sent personnel to south-central Montana to help in the search for missing 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid of Hardin, according to a Facebook post.
Not Afraid was last seen at 2 p.m. New Year’s Day at the I-90 rest stop between Billings and Hardin.
The Montana/Dakotas BLM sent law enforcement and fire personnel to the Hardin area to assist in the search and is working closely with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which is leading the investigation.
Not Afraid is a 5’9” tall, 133 pound Native American female who was last seen wearing a black coat, gray sweater, blue jeans and gray ankle boots. She has a scar near her mouth and a tattoo of a cross on her middle finger.
Anyone with information on Not Afraid's whereabouts is asked to contact a tip line at (406) 665-9800.
Hardin High School has been working to help with the emotional needs of the student body because of this case as the search continues. Staff have been helping students by "validating their feelings and fears," Hardin High Counselor Laura Soundheim said Tuesday via email.
Staff are also encouraging students to keep Not Afraid on the top of the public's and law enforcement's minds by saying her name.