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Sheriff: Human remains positively ID'd as Katelynn Berry

They were found near her apartment during a massive search Thursday, Jan. 26.

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SIDNEY, Mont. — The Richland County Sheriff in Montana says human remains found during a massive volunteer search for Katelynn Berry belong to the missing woman.

The medical examiner made the positive ID on Friday, Jan. 28. The official cause of death won't be known for a few more weeks.

The sheriff says the investigation will continue until that report is done.

The body was discovered by volunteers in a field by the 26-year-old's apartment. The search had started just two hours earlier.


Her body was found about 1,000 feet from her apartment.

Berry, the daughter of Grand Forks County Assistant State's Attorney Carmell Mattison, was last seen by her father on Dec. 21.

She was reported missing 10 days later when nobody had seen or heard from her.

Police searched the area by land and air once she was reported missing, but at the time snow covered the ground.

The snow had melted prompting the massive search last week.

A celebration of Katelynn Berry's life will take place Friday afternoon.

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