Most of the people in the room were wearing red in memory of all missing and murdered indigenous women.
“On Wednesday August 1st, 2018 the family of Olivia Lone Bear was officially notified by the Federal Bureau of Investigations representative that the autopsy completed in Grand Forks, North Dakota confirmed that our beloved Olivia had been positively identified,” said family member Bernadine Young Bird.
There were tears, and hugs , a community mourning the loss of one of their own.
“Now we can lay her to rest and she will be now at peace,” said Young Bird.
The Lone Bear family gave thanks to all who helped in the search.
“No words can express how we feel about each and everyone,” said Young Bird.
Olivia’s brother Matthew Lone Bear expressed his frustration as to why authorities took this long in the season to conduct a water search- since he had been trying to get that coordinated since last Fall.
“We’re told that as soon as the water thawed they’re going to do a 100% water search and the water thawed–nothing happened nothing happened,” said Matthew Lone Bear.
Nathalie Gomez reporting: In the 9 months that the Lone Bear family and volunteers searched for Olivia, they gained insightful knowledge on what to do when a person does go missing. Now, they want to share that knowledge and establish protocol on the Fort Berthold reservation to better handle a missing person case”.
“We’d like to help develop a comprehensive missing persons protocol for our tribe, to be developed and eventually hopefully to be implemented,” said Young Bird.
The family is hoping to work with MHA law enforcement on this developing this protocol, and hopefully fund, retrain, and equip the community to have a more proactive approach the next time something like this happens.
Olivia’s brother Matthew says the FBI is still investigating.
KX News spoke with the FBI on the phone and they do not have a cause of death yet.