NEW TOWN, N.D. - The family of a missing North Dakota woman last seen about three months ago plans to expand the search beyond the Fort Berthold Reservation.
Canvassing teams in Dickinson and Bismarck will be the first to begin searches in cities off the reservation for Olivia Lone Bear, a mother of five from New Town who has been missing since late October 2017.
Lone Bear's family recently announced in a news release they are seeking canvassing teams in Fargo, Bismarck, Minot, Grand Forks, Stanley, Dickinson, Williston, Parshall and Watford City.
Matthew Lone Bear, Olivia Lone Bear's brother, said Monday, Jan. 22, that three searchers in Dickinson and another group in Bismarck were setting up headquarters and will begin searching this week. So far, one person in Fargo also has responded to the notice for canvassing teams there.
According to the news release, each canvassing team will be equipped with special maps and instructions on how to search in an organized way. Currently, existing teams in nearby towns are checking streets, checking local wrecking yards, Walmart parking lots - anywhere a truck can disappear. Team leads will be sent a map and high quality, up-to-date flyers, red ribbon, red pin on ribbons, and updated press kit.
Since her disappearance, Olivia Lone Bear's family has been leading a continuous search for her on Fort Berthold. The searchers also are looking for the pickup truck she was driving when she was last seen in New Town on Oct. 24.
Olivia Lone Bear, 33, is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair. She has pierced ears, a scar on her right front shoulder, a scar on one of her palms, three stacked stars behind her right ear, "IXXIMMXI" tattoos on her right arm, "Lone Bear" tattooed on her left forearm, and "Haley" tattooed with a butterfly on her right ankle.
The pickup is a blue granite metallic gray 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LT Crew Cab with a dented tailgate. It has a silver tool box in the bed and may appear dark gray or black at night. The truck has N.D. plates 839 BRC.
Matthew Lone Bear said they are not accepting volunteers at this time to search the reservation but are building up the teams in the various cities for searches.
He said Three Affiliated Tribes Game & Fish personnel and local law enforcement, when they are not on other calls, are continuing to search for Olivia Lone Bear on Fort Berthold.
In late December the organization Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons and its founder Patrick Atkinson, who was raised in Bismarck, added $5,000 to the $21,000 reward offered. Anyone with information leading to Olivia's return home safely or leading to the arrest of someone who may have harmed her should call (701) 627-6141.
Those interested in searching in their cities should contact Matthew Lone Bear directly at (701) 595-3114.
For more information about Olivia Lone Bear and the search visit: searchingforolivia.com of the Facebook page: facebook.com/searchingforolivialonebear/.