Indian Country Today

An Indigenous woman from northwestern Washington state was found alive in Las Vegas late Thursday, 20 days after she went missing, her family told The News Tribune

Her family is preparing to bring her home.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Reatha May Finkbonner, 30, Lummi, of Bellingham, Washington, was in Nevada with her fiancé and friends to get married when she went missing Sept. 3.

Finkbonner was located late Thursday at the downtown Fremont Street Experience casino mall, missing persons detectives verified her identification, she was offered assistance, and her family was notified, Las Vegas police said.

Her family filed missing person reports with the Lummi Nation Police Department and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Reatha May Finkbonner flyer, Sept. 21, 2021

Finkbonner was on the Washington State Patrol’s list of missing Indigenous persons, which was released this month, and the Lhaq’temish Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the Lummi Nation, shared information about Finkbonner.

Her family tracked her attempts to contact her fiancé and friends on Facebook Messenger at 1:34 p.m., 1:37 p.m., 1:41 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. on Sept. 3. The calls were missed.

Finkbonner had been arrested on felony drug charges Sept. 1 in Las Vegas, according to court records, and she was released without bond the next day pending a Sept. 30 court appearance at which a criminal complaint could be filed. The name of an attorney was not included in the record.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.