HARDIN, Mont. - The Big Horn Sheriff's Office says the available evidence surrounding the discovery of the body of a child found on the Crow Reservation "strongly suggests" the identity of the child to be Mildred Old Crow.
The body was found in the evening hours of Wednesday, February 17th on the Crow Reservation.
DNA testing is being conducted to confirm the child's identity to the highest degree of certainty.
A postmortem examination is being conducted by the Montana State Medical Examiner's Office in Billings. The exam began on Thursday, February 18th and is continuing through Friday, February 19th.
More information will be released when it becomes available.
The Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office, Big Horn County Coroner, BIA Office of Justice Services, Crow Tribal Prosecutor’s Office, and FBI are further investigating the matter.
UPDATE: FEB. 18 AT 2:24 PM
Tribal Chairman Frank White Clay reported Thursday that the body discovered on the Crow Reservation was 8-year-old Mildred Old Crow.
"Our hearts ache for the family and I lift them up in prayer. The entire community felt the loss when Mildred went missing and we feel it again today. My hope is that we can find closure, grieve together and work to ensure that children are protected and supported on the Crow Reservation and beyond. We want justice for this child and for all of the victims of the epidemic of people missing from reservations across the country," Chairman White Clay said.
CROW RESERVATION, Mont. - The body of a child has been found on the Crow Reservation.
Two sources with knowledge of the investigation who asked not to be named confirm the body was found on Wednesday.
The identity of the child will be released pending notification of family members.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.