Menominee Indian Tribe News

(Menominee Indian Reservation, Wisconsin) Menominee Tribe announced $10,000 in rewards Wednesday, July 22, in connection with 2 missing Menominee Tribal member cases.

Menominee Tribe is offering a $5,000 reward for information about Katelyn Kelley, a tribal member missing since June 16, 2020. Additionally, Menominee Tribe is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Robert Lyons, a tribal member, missing since June 4, 2017.

Menominee Tribal Chairwoman Joan Delabreau made the announcement during a press conference at the Menominee Tribal Offices in Keshena, Wisconsin. June marked 3 years of Robert’s disappearance and July marked over 30 days for Katelyn’s disappearance. This press conference is a time to bring awareness and renewed effort to the cases of Rae Tourtillott, who was murdered over 30 years and still unsolved and Lisa Ninham, who went missing 40 years ago.

Chairwoman Delabreau was joined by Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, and Menominee Tribal Police Interim Chief Richard Nacotee. Also attending were Shawano City Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other members of the Menominee Tribal Police investigation unit.

Chairwoman Delabreau said “Katelyn, Robert, Rae and Lisa and all of our missing native people are tragic. Their disappearances have touched us all, and for me individually, as a tribal leader, a tribal member, and a mother. We are hoping for answers. There is not a single day that we as community don’t think about our missing Tribal members. Their families and our tribal community grieve every single day and like them we hope for a chance to bring them home.” Chairwoman Delabreau added “The reward is our Tribe’s effort and support to keep Katelyn’s, Robert’s, Rae’s, and Lisa’s cases alive, and to raise awareness of missing and murdered indigenous people. “

Menominee Tribal Chief of Police Richard Nacotee said “He is pleased that Menominee Tribe is raising public awareness about our missing Menominee person cases. The reward will continue to help keep the cases in the spotlight. We need the right piece of new information”, Chief Nacotee said. “We are hoping the reward will prompt someone to step forward with the information we need.” Chief Nacotee added, “we are asking anyone who may have information to please contact us.”

Multiple agencies are partners in the investigations into the Katelyn Kelley and Robert Lyons missing person cases. In addition to the Menominee Tribal Police, the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Shawano City Police.

Robert S. Lyons was last seen on June 4, 2017 operating a red and white ATV in the Village of Keshena. The ATV that Robert was operating was located in the Long Marsh area on the Menominee Indian Reservation. Robert was 25 when he disappeared. He is Native American man who stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair. He lived in Keshena, Wisconsin on the Menominee Indian Reservation at the time of his disappearance.

Katelyn Kelley was reported missing on June 18, 2020, and she was last seen during the night of June 16, 2020 and early morning of June 17, 2020. She was seen on the Menominee Indian Reservation in the area of County Highway VV (east) and Silver Canoe Road at about 10:30 pm on June 16, 2020. She was last seen at her apartment in the City of Shawano between the hours of 11:00 pm on June 16, 2020 and 3:00 am on June 17, 2020. Katelyn is a Native American woman, being around 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. Katelyn was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt, black swimsuit type top, blue jean shorts and black flip flops.

Both cases are open investigations, and Menominee Tribal Police encourage anyone who may have information on either Katelyn Kelley or Robert Lyons to contact Menominee Tribal Police at 715-799-3881.

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