The search for a Montana 16-year-old who went missing on New Year’s Day ended Monday when authorities found her body less than a mile away from the highway rest stop where she’d been left accidentally after the van in which she was riding broke down.
Foul play is not suspected in the death of Selena Faye Not Afraid, said Big Horn County Sheriff Lawrence C. Big Hair, who confirmed the discovery of her body “with great sadness.”
Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy, but they suspect Not Afraid died as a result of hypothermia, Undersheriff Eric Winburn told reporters.
The 16-year-old was last seen on New Year's Day at 2 p.m. outside of the eastbound rest area at mile marker 474 on Interstate 90 between Billings and Hardin.
She reportedly walked into an adjacent field wearing a black coat, gray sweater, blue jeans and gray ankle boots after leaving a broken down vehicle.