Jul 9, 2013 8:28 PM by Victoria Fregoso - Q2 News

Family thanks community for assisting in the search for Hanna Harris of Lame Deer

LAME DEER - Friends and family of 21-year-old Hanna Harris from Lame Deer are in mourning after her body was discovered late Monday night.

Harris was reported missing on July 5, 2013 and volunteer search and rescue teams, along with law enforcement have been searching for her since then.

Family members say they were contacted by police around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Hanna's mother Malinda Harris says her body was discovered around 9:45 p.m. the night before.

A volunteer search team located Hanna's body west of Lame Deer, south of Highway 212 in Rosebud County, on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.

Malinda says Hanna was a single, stay at home mother of a 10-month-old boy. She grew up in Billings and graduated from Billings West High School in 2010. Her family moved to Lame Deer shortly after.

The search included teams made up of friends and family, along with several law enforcement agencies. "They even brought in an Air Force Helicopter," Malinda said. "I want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped bring my daughter home and bring closure to the family."

She also said Hanna was interested in religious ceremonies and frequently attended peyote meetings. As a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Hanna was a firm believer of Native American values and way of life.

Rosebud County Coroner Allen Fulton tells KTVQ an autopsy was conducted Tuesday morning. The investigation has now been taken over by the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Authorities are not releasing any additional information surrounding Harris' death at this time but they are awaiting toxicology results.

Fulton said Harris was deceased for more than a day before she was found.

Her vehicle was found abandoned over the weekend along Muddy Creek Road on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation with two flat tires.


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