When 20-year-old Ashley Loring HeavyRunner goes missing on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, her older sister Kimberly is forced to pick up the slack of a system that’s designed to fail those it’s supposed to protect. Her investigation leads her to three people who may know what happened to her sister…but none will talk.
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Episode Source Material
- Justice For Native People: Ashley Loring/HeavyRunner, Missing from Montana since 2017 by Mak.
- Montana Right Now/ABC FOX Montana: Blackfoot woman still missing #MMIW.
- Cut Bank Pioneer Press (Cut Bank, MT): Search continues for Ashley Loring Heavy Runner by John McGill.
- Montana Right Now/ABC FOX Montana: Blackfoot woman still missing after 3 months.
- ABC News: A family’s desperate search for a missing young woman highlights questions about justice on tribal lands by Evan Simon.
- Montana Right Now/ABC FOX Montana: Reward increased for missing Browning woman.
- Montana Public Radio (Missoula, MT): FBI Joins Search For Missing Blackfeet Woman by Nicky Ouellet.
- Flathead Beacon (Kalispell, MT): A Family’s Resilience by Justin Franz.
- Missoulian (Missoula, MT): Human remains sent to FBI lab from Blackfeet Indian Reservation for analysis by Seaborn Larson.
- Montana Public Radio (Missoula, MT): Human Remains Found In December Aren’t Ashley Loring HeavyRunner’s, FBI Says by Edward F. O’Brien.
- The Guardian: A young woman vanishes. The police can’t help. Her desperate family won’t give up by Kate Hodal.
- ABC News: No answers 2 years after 20-year-old student vanishes – a single case in an epidemic in American Native communities by Evan Simon, Jessica Hopper, and Allie Yang.
- Up and Vanished (podcast): Season 3 (episodes 1-12).
- Paramount+: Never Seen Again: Ashley Loring HeavyRunner (episode). Directed by Christopher Landon.
- United States Census Bureau: Total Population in Browning, Montana. 2020 Decennial Census.
- United States Senate Committee On Indian Affairs: Kimberly Loring Heavy Runner Testimony To The Senate Committee On Indian Affairs.
- Montana Right Now: Browning man admits murder, kidnapping on Blackfeet Indian Reservation.