NEW TOWN, N.D. -- Anonymous contributions to the reward for information about missing an indigenous mother of five, Olivia Lone Bear, have more than doubled the amount offered since the search began in late October.
“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. Our family has been uplifted how all families deserve to be. We can never repay that kindness, it means a lot,” said Matthew Lone Bear, the missing woman's brother.
The 32-year-old mother of five was last seen leaving a New Town saloon on Oct. 24.
With the addition of three donations over the course of the past four days, the amount has grown to $21,000. Offered is a one-time, non-incremental reward for information leading to Olivia’s safe return home or for information leading to the arrest of someone who may have harmed her.
Ground search volunteers beyond the reservation borders and from the region are needed to aid in the search.
Earlier this month, Matthew Lone Bear said his family’s relationship with tribal police in searching for his sister has been strained. No organized search began until Nov. 1, and he said his family has tried to maintain a civil accord with Three Affiliated Tribes police despite tension over the search and resources.