FBI Offers $10,000 Reward for Information in Olivia Lone Bear’s Death, Whose Body was Found Strapped on Passenger’s Side of Truck in Lake

Olivia Lone Bear

Published November 24, 2019

NEW TOWN, N.D. — The FBI announced this past week it is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information in the death of Olivia Lone Bear of New Town, North Dakota.

Lone Bear was reported missing to the Three Affiliated Tribes Police Department on Oct. 27, 2017. Her body was found the following summer in a pickup in a lake after a sonar-equipped boat found the truck near the Fort Berthold Reservation on July 31, 2018.. No obvious injuries were found on her body, and an autopsy failed to determine the cause of death.

After all this time, federal officials are finally telling the Lone Bear’s family details they discovered in the investigation into her death.

The body of the 32-year-old mother was strapped into the passenger side the submerged pickup truck with a seatbelt around her waist, according to unsealed court documents released on Wednesday when United States Attorney Drew Wrigley and FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert Perry traveled to New Town to brief family members on the status of the investigation.

“Olivia’s family and members of her community want to know what happened to her and so do we,” Minneapolis FBI Special Agent in Charge Jill Sanborn said in a statement.

The cause of death was ruled undetermined.

The story of Olivia Lone Bear is just one of thousands of American Indian women who go missing every year. American Indian tribes and national organizations, such as the National Congress of American Indians, are working hard to bring more awareness to this crisis happening in Indian Country.

Anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-CALLFBI.

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