Bemidji Police continue search for 15-year-old, warn against rumors and misinformation on the case

Featured photo: Submitted photo of Neveah Kingbird, 15.

The Bemidji Police Department says it is continuing the search for 15-year-old Neveah Kingbird but warns against the spread of rumors and misinformation.

According to a release, Kingbird has not been in contact with friends or family since October, and she was last seen in the early morning hours of Oct. 22.

A social media post claimed Neveah was abducted by a Black man in a car with Louisiana plates on the “north end.”

Detectives, with help from the BCA, have followed this specific lead and believe the information originated from an incident that was posted on social media in Oklahoma on Dec. 30, 2021. This incident does not appear to have a connection to Nevaeh’s disappearance, nor does another similar post from the Minneapolis area.

“With the significant issues surrounding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, we recognize the desire for everyone to want to help,” said Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin.

“But when a story spreads across social media and changes with every share…. it consumes a lot of investigative resources.”

Anyone with information on Kingbird’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Police Department directly or report a tip anonymously through CrimeStoppers of Minnesota to possibly qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.

Submitted photo of Neveah Kingbird, 15.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!


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