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$5,000 more reward offered in search for Olivia Lone Bear

NEW TOWN, N.D. — A $5,000 reward has been added to the $21,000 reward in the search for Olivia Lone Bear, mother of five children, from New Town who has been missing since Oct. 24.

The additional $5,000 is being offered through the generosity of the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons and its founder Patrick Atkinson, according to a news release issued by Lone Bear's family.

The money specifies if foul play is involved in Lone Bear's disappearance, Atkinson and ITEMP are offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

"ITEMP possesses very useful insight and knowledge that will aid in our search efforts. We are thankful to Mr. Atkinson and ITEMP for the kindness extended to us. We certainly support their work and appreciate them supporting ours," said Matthew Lone Bear, Olivia Lone Bear's brother, in the news release.

The Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons (ITEMP) was founded by Patrick Atkinson in 1991 to prevent, detect, rescue and care for international victims of human trafficking, according to its website. Atkinson, who was raised in Bismarck, is also the founder and international executive director of The God's Child Project and several other associated charities in the United States, Central America and Africa. Both programs are internationally based in Antigua Guatemala, Bismarck and Minneapolis.

Besides the $5,000 reward, the $21,000 reward already being offered from anonymous contributors is a one-time, non-incremental reward for information leading to Olivia Lone Bear's safe return home or for information leading to the arrest and conviction of someone who may have harmed her, according to the news release.

The search for 32-year-old Olivia Lone Bear now is going into the third month.

She has been missing since Oct. 24 when she was last seen in New Town driving a 2011 blue granite/metallic gray colored Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LT crew cab pickup with North Dakota license 839 BRC. The pickup has a dented tail gate and silver toolbox in the bed.

Olivia Lone Bear is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair. She has pierced ears, a scar on her right front shoulder, a scar on one of her palms, three stacked stars behind her right ear, IXXIMMXI tattoos on her right arm, "Lone Bear" tattooed on her left forearm, and "Haley" tattooed with a butterfly on her right ankle.

Searches are being conducted daily on the Fort Berthold Reservation, an area covering several counties and divided by Lake Sakakawea.

Because of the extremely cold weather, Matthew Lone Bear said they are advising searchers to be extra cautious where they travel and to make sure they stay warm. "Searchers safety is a No. 1 priority," said Lone Bear on Saturday.

The Lone Bear family is leading the searches, with headquarters at the TERO building, New Town.