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FBI joins forces to find Ashley HeavyRunner

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UPDATE:

The last time Ashley's family spoke with her was in June of 2017. For her older sister Kimberly, the FBI taking over is good news

"Seems like we are seeing more actions now and it seems like her case is moving forward we are more in contact with them," said Loring.

Kimberly said the Bureau of Indian Affairs agent told her at the time of Ashley's disappearance she was of age and probably just left on her own. She said that is not possible because Ashley waited three months for Kimberly to return home from a trip to Morocco. The day Kimberly returned was the the day Ashley disappeared. We reached out to the the BIA to find out why the FBI was asked to take over the case and received no response as of news time.


This morning, the FBI released the following update on the Ashley HeavyRunner investigation:

"At the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the FBI has agreed to investigate the disappearance of Ashley Loring HeavyRunner of Browning, Montana. Ashley disappeared in June of 2017. The FBI has offered our assistance in the case and has access to additional resources that can be devoted to the investigation. This remains an active investigation and no further information will be released at this time."


It's been over eight months since the family of Ashley Loring HeavyRunner has seen or heard from her. We first broke the story in June after seeing desperate posts from the family looking for any information on both Twitter and Facebook. The Blackfeet tribe has donated money for a six thousand dollar reward. And now, that reward has gone up

In a recent Facebook post from Kimberly Loring, Ashley's older sister, the Bureau of Indian Affairs added $4,000, bringing the total up to $10,000 for information leading to her location.

With more money, the family hopes this will encourage someone to step out of the shadows and simply point them in the right direction. 
Kimberly said what hurts the most is knowing someone in her community, possibly someone she grew up with, knows something but won't speak out.

"It's like, why aren't you talking? It feels hard because all you want is Ashley and they have the information and they have the information and they won't give it," said Loring.

We reached out to Nedra Darling, spokesperson for the BIA, and she said they have upped the reward to assist agents with collecting information in regards to Ashley's whereabouts.

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