The Federal Bureau of Investigations is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information on the disappearance of an indigenous woman who never made it to her friend’s house last November.
Mary Johnson, also know as Mary Davis, was last seen on November 25, 2020 walking on a road on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington State, according an FBI missing person flyer.
She never arrived at her destination and was reported missing on Dec. 9, 2020.
A request for comment from USA TODAY to the Tulalip Tribal Police was not returned.
A billboard was put up by Johnson’s family urging anyone with information to contact Tulalip Tribal Police, according to KING-TV.
Johnsons’ siblings told the outlet they were not aware she was missing until Johnson’s estranged husband contacted police.
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“Now that she’s disappeared, we don’t know where she’s at, if she’s dead or alive,” a family member told KING-TV. “It would just be nice to have her back.”
Native Americans go missing and are killed at disproportionately high rates nationwide, according to experts and researchers.
A survey conducted by the University of Wyoming said 710 indigenous people were reported missing from 2011 and September 2020. The study also found indigenous homicide victims received less media coverage than white homicide victims.
Indigenous women and girls face even higher rates of violence. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies in 2017 found that homicide was the fourth leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Native girls ages 1-19, and homicide was tied with cancer for the third leading cause of death among their male counterparts.
Former President Donald Trump signed a bill last year aimed at addressing missing and murdered Native Americans.
Savanna’s Act was signed into law in 2020 in an effort to combat the issue, and help track, solve and prevent crimes against Native Americans. The law is named after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a pregnant 22-year-old Spirit Lake tribal member from North Dakota who was killed in 2017.
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The missing case of Gabby Petito, who is white, drew some criticism due to other women — primarily of color— who do not receive the same spotlight on their cases.
Washington state has a population of 140,714 native citizens, according to the American Library Association.
Johnson name was added to the list of 119 indigenous people missing or murdered by the Washington State Patrol.
Nora Mabie and Jessica Flores contributed to this report.
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