Family of missing native woman demands answers

WAPATO, Wash. (AP) — The family of a missing Washington woman is demanding answers.

The Seattle Times reports Rosenda Strong was last seen Oct. 2, getting into her friend’s Nissan and heading for the Legends Casino in Toppenish.

The 31-year-old mother of four is the most recent indigenous woman to have gone missing near the Yakama Reservation.

A list of cases maintained by the Yakima Herald-Republic shows Strong is among 23 Native American women or girls who have been murdered, gone missing or suffered mysterious deaths on or near the Yakama Nation Reservation.

Roxanne White, a Seattle-based advocate for missing and murdered indigenous women and their families, is working with the Strong family to raise awareness of their lost relative.

White says Yakama Tribal Police said they would begin a search for Strong and the FBI has questioned individuals about her disappearance.