The parents of Henny Scott, Paula Castro and Nathan Stops, confirmed Saturday morning that their 14-year-old daughter’s body was found Friday by a search party looking in an area west of Lame Deer on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.
The FBI says they are investigating the discovery of a body found Friday outside of Lame Deer but declined to provide the identity of the body in a statement emailed Saturday to The Billings Gazette.
The body was found covered in snow in an area behind a house in the Muddy Creek area west of Lame Deer, said Conrad Fisher, the acting president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.
There were 633 open missing person cases for Native American women in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database at the end of 2017.
Scott, 14, was a freshman at Lame Deer High School and would have turned 15 in January, Castro said. She had been missing for several weeks. The Montana Department of Justice issued a Missing and Endangered Person Advisory on Wednesday stating Scott was last seen Dec. 13 at 8 a.m. near Busby and that she might have been headed toward Hardin.
The FBI and BIA are investigating with assistance from the Montana Highway Patrol, per the FBI statement.
“Due to the ongoing nature of the case, no other information will be released at this time,” the statement says.
A casket escorted by FBI and BIA agents was brought by car to the Muddy Hall community building west of Lame Deer Saturday morning where Castro, Stops and other community members had gathered to grieve and support Scott’s family.
At the end of 2017, Native Americans and Alaska Natives made up 1.8 percent of ongoing missing cases in the FBI’s National Crime Information C…