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Mysterious Death: Kaysera Stops Pretty Places

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

Mysterious Death: Kaysera Stops Pretty Places



18-year-old Kaysera Stops Pretty Places disappeared on or about August 24, 2019. She was last seen on Rangeview Drive in Hardin, Montana, very close to the border of the Crow Reservation.


On August 29, Kaysera’s body was discovered in the same neighborhood where she had disappeared. The medical examiner ruled her cause and manner of death as undetermined. However, Kaysera’s family believes she was murdered.


Anyone with information is asked to contact Big Horn County investigators at 406-665-9780.


Follow the case and support Kaysera’s family by visiting JusticeforKaysera.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForKaysera


Special thanks to Dr. Grace Bulltail for participating in this episode.







Sources

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  18. Turney, Sarah interview with Grace Bulltail, 23 Mar. 2023


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