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Autopsy reveals Not Afraid's cause of death

Posted at 5:12 PM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-29 20:17:16-05

BILLINGS — The official autopsy report in the death of Selena Not Afraid of Hardin was released on Saturday.

Not Afraid was 16 years old.

The state medical examiner's office has officially ruled the cause of her death as hypothermia, and the manner of death has been deemed accidental.

The report supports the findings of the preliminary autopsy report released just days after Not Afraid’s body was found on January 20th.

The press release does not contain toxicology information, details the investigators say they need in this case.

Not Afraid was reported missing on January 1st after her vehicle broke down at the rest stop while she was returning home from a party in Billings. She was in a vehicle with a group of friends who last saw her wandering into a field. Initial reports indicated that she was intoxicated at the time. Investigators stated they received "conflicting statements" about Not Afraid's whereabouts from other occupants in the car, who were all intoxicated.

Big Horn County Attorney Jay Harris said when the preliminary results were released did not indicate any physical injuries consistent with an assault or physical abuse, and that the evidence is consistent with death by exposure to the elements. Big Horn County Undersheriff Eric Winburn also said at the time that there were no signs of her body being moved to the spot it was found.