Selena Not Afraid's cause of death ruled hypothermia

The 16-year-old Hardin girl who was found dead nearly three weeks after she was reported missing died of hypothermia, according to an autopsy conducted Wednesday. Big Horn County Undersheriff Eric Winburn confirmed that information to KULR-8 Thursday. 

Undersheriff Winburn says the preliminary autopsy showed no signs of violence toward her body. 

A pending toxicology report will determine whether Selena had drugs or alcohol in her system at the time of her death. 

Multiple crews were involved in the search for Selena's body, including county, state, and federal. According to Undersheriff Winburn, Selena's body was found by an Interior Department team. 

Statement from the Office of Chairman Not Afraid Regarding the Crow Tribe’s Request for Assistance from Montana Attorney General Tim Fox:

“Yesterday, January 22nd, on behalf of Selena Not Afraid’s family and the entire Crow Tribe of Indians, I formally requested the assistance of Montana Attorney General Tim Fox to help with the investigation into her death.  Rural communities across the State often require greater resources and personnel similar to the Montana Department of Justice DCI unit during complex investigations and that is true in this particular case.”

“Selena’s death, and the unsolved cases of so many other missing and murdered indigenous people, can no longer be the result of segregated resources and divided communities.  A unified approach amongst our communities is long overdue – and it may be the only way to keep our children safe.  Let us work together at every level, to bring closure and justice to our Region.  Selena and her family deserve no less.”


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