Missing Teen's Case Puts Focus on a Troubling Issue

Selena Not Afraid is the latest Native American girl or woman to disappear
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2020 10:45 AM CST

(Newser) – It has been nearly three weeks since 16-year-old Selena Bell, aka Selena Not Afraid, went missing. The Native American teen disappeared at a rest stop in rural Montana, and searches by police and volunteers have been fruitless. As the hunt continues, Selena's disappearance is calling attention to the larger issue of missing and murdered Native American women, particularly in Montana. Coverage:

  • Disappearance: Selena was last seen Jan. 1 at a rest stop on I-90 between Billings and Hardin, reports NBC News. She'd been in a van with five others returning to Hardin from a New Year's Eve party, but the details after that get a little murky. The van reportedly was having mechanical trouble, and police say the driver left Selena and another girl behind and called a relative to pick them up. When the relative arrived, the other girl said Selena had walked into a field. She hasn't been seen since.

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