The cause and manner of death of a woman found along the Missouri River in May has yet to be determined.
The family of Valene Little Bird, 41, of Fort Yates, reported her disappearance to Bismarck police in January. They have not seen her since June 2021. She was believed to be homeless and was with friends when she went missing. An organized search in February turned up no results.
Police said a fisherman found her body on May 10 on a riverbank near the inlet of Bismarck. No foul play is suspected.
A death report by the State Forensic Medical Examiner’s office listed both the cause and manner of Little Bird’s death as undetermined.