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State Division Of Criminal Investigation To Assist With Not Afraid Investigation

People gather around candles and a picture of Selena Not Afraid at a nighttime vigil.
Olivia Reingold
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Yellowstone Public Radio
People gather around candles and a picture of Selena Not Afraid at a nighttime vigil Jan. 21, 2020.

The sheriff leading an investigation into a 16-year-old Crow girl’s disappearance and death has requested assistance from the state Division of Criminal Investigation.

Big Horn County Sheriff Lawrence Big Hair contacted the state Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting assistance in Selena Not Afraid’s case Tuesday morning. This comes a week after Crow Nation Chairman AJ Not Afraid requested the justice department’s involvement in the case.

The Division of Criminal Investigation, which falls under the state DOJ, has agreed to review investigative materials and evidence. DCI Administrator Bryan Lockerby wrote in a statement external reviews often assist local agencies with ongoing investigations and provide direction for a future course of action.

Yellowstone Public Radio News spoke with Not Afraid’s grandmother Francine Amyotte a day ahead of the announcement. She said she wanted DCI to take over the investigation because the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t made any arrests.

"Selena is a person, at one time. And they treated her like, just some missing girl. I don’t trust them anymore," Amyotte said.

Amyotte says she’s hired a private investigator to look into Not Afraid’s death and disappearance.