According to Ms. New Holy, attempts to file a wrongful-death complaint against the motel were unsuccessful. The family couldn’t afford the fees charged by private detectives.

Queries That Won’t Go Away

Kim Red Cherries, another of Ms. Highwolf’s sisters, contacted the Sovereign Bodies Institute, a California-based group that aids Indigenous people who have been the victims of sexual violence, on Facebook in 2019.

how did allison highwolf die distrust

For the first time in nearly two years, the director of the group that officially pronounced Ms. Highwolf’s death a murder met with the state medical examiner and other officials to begin reviewing Ms. Highwolf’s case, Annita Lucchesi, last month after nearly two years of effort.

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According To New York Times

As attendees reported to the New York Times the nearly four-hour discussion held late last month, further issues were raised.

County Attorney Jay Harris studied police files in the meeting and uncovered an entry in a journal in the hotel room that may be read as a suicide note, according to one account. Pauline Highwolf, who had never heard of such a letter before, is still suspicious. A photograph of it has subsequently been sent to her, and she isn’t sure if the handwriting on it is her daughter’s.

According To Post-Mortem Report

She also vehemently objected to a post-mortem report that said that her daughter had “a past history of suicide attempts.” She insisted that was not the case. Mr. Harris claimed the information originated from a Big Horn County law enforcement officer the night of Allison Highwolf’s death, but he was unable to explain why the officer included it. His phone was unanswered after he departed his position with the department.

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In The Last Words

Doctor Robert Kurtzman, the chief medical examiner, and a member of his staff who performed the autopsy on Ms. Highwolf have gone over the findings of the post-mortem investigation.

After the meeting, the representatives of Ms. Lucchesi (the Highwolf family’s representative) informed her that there were no visible markings on Ms. Highwolf’s face and neck in images taken before she was killed.