1-year-old girl found dead on Montana Indian reservation

AP News
Posted: Apr 20, 2016 7:35 PM

POPLAR, Mont. (AP) — The search for a 1-year-old girl who authorities believe was abducted from her home on a Montana Indian Reservation ended Wednesday with the discovery of her body and a female taken into custody for questioning.

Kenzley Olson was found dead in Poplar on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation after she was last seen Tuesday, the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The name of the detained person was not released, and the statement had no further details. The person was being questioned and the FBI was leading the investigation, authorities said.

Law enforcement officers were searching for additional people on Wednesday in connection with the death, said Roosevelt County spokesman Lee Allmer.

"There may be others that are detained at some point," he said. "No charges have been brought to my knowledge."

A cause of death had not been determined.

An Amber Alert was issued for Kenzley early Wednesday. Authorities initially said she was believed to be with a man and woman from North Dakota but later determined neither was involved.

The Fort Peck Reservation is home to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes and has a population of about 10,000 people.

Kenzley's death followed the February abduction of a 4-year-old girl from a public park in Wolf Point, a town on the reservation about 20 miles west of Poplar.

The victim was found alive several days later about six miles from a park. Authorities said her abductor had tried to kill her.

The defendant in that case, John William Lieba, 20, faces charges of kidnapping, attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault of a minor. He has pleaded not guilty.