Woman burned and dumped on Montana reservation; FBI, BIA investigating
By: Aja Goare - MTN News
A Kirby Saloon bartender said she served the woman hours before she was found in a field (Kirby Saloon Facebook page)
The FBI requested surveillance footage from the bar (Kirby Saloon Facebook)
Federal agents are investigating how a woman was badly burned and dumped on a Montana Indian reservation.
On Thursday, a bartender at the Kirby Saloon, located on Highway 314 south of Busby, said FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) agents interviewed her and others at the bar about the incident and requested the bar's video surveillance footage from Saturday night.
“I served her,” said Yvonne Smith, the bartender who was working Saturday night. “She left here about 1 a.m. and she seemed kind of upset.”
Numerous sources have confirmed this week that federal law enforcement is conducting an investigating involving a victim who was found on the reservation badly burned. It's not yet known if the incident happened on the Crow or the Northern Cheyenne reservation.
When asked repeatedly by MTN News about the case this week, an FBI spokeswoman in Salt Lake City would only confirm there is an active investigation. She declined to release any further details.
It’s unclear if the victim, who has been identified by various residents in the area as Rory Rides Horse, is still alive.
Smith said Rides Horse has been in the bar a few times before and on that night appeared to be with a man who may have been her boyfriend.
Rides Horse and the man were at the bar for about an hour, Smith said, and at one point Rides Horse was heard saying, "I shouldn't be here."
Smith said she remembers from Rides Horse's ID that she is in her 30s.
When investigators visited the bar to question employees, the Saloon owner inquired what the investigation was about.
Smith said investigators told her that the victim was found on Sunday badly burned, beaten, and naked in a field between Busby and Crow Agency, about 15 miles from the bar.
Other sources have corroborated that information, though the FBI will not comment.
Media contacts for the BIA in Washington D.C. and on the Crow Reservation have not returned numerous phone messages this week for comment.
We do not yet know if a suspect has been identified or arrested.