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Katelyn Kelley

A young indigenous woman goes missing and her remains are found nearly a year later

  • Last updated: September 27, 2023
  • Keshena, WI
  • June 16, 2020

Overview of Katelyn Kelley

Katelyn Kelley was a 22-year-old mother who vanished sometime between the evening of June 16, 2020, and the morning of June 17, 2020. Katelyn was living on the Menominee Reservation located in Keshena, Wisconsin. Katelyn loved spending time with her family.

Katelyn was last seen in the area of County Highway VV and Silver Canoe Road at approximately 10:30 p.m on the evening of June 16. There is a still image captured from security footage of Katelyn leaving the reservation. Some believe she was getting a ride to her home located in Shawano, located eight miles away. Katelyn made it home but made a Facebook post about an unknown black SUV parked near her apartment. After Katelyn never checked in with her family - which was highly unusual- her mother Michelle Maureen, reported Katelyn missing to the Menominee Tribal Police.

Multiple searches were conducted in conjunction with the FBI, and other local and tribal jurisdictions. However, no new information was found. Nearly a year later, on March 17, 2021, human remains were found on the Menominee Indian Reservation. An autopsy was conducted and authorities were able to positively identify Katelyn.

While Katelyn's case remains unsolved, her family and community are continuing to share Katelyn's story and those of other indigenous persons whose cases remain unsolved. At the state level, a task force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women has been formed. The Menominee Tribal Police continue to ask the public to come forward with any information relating to Katelyn's case.


  1. Date Missing:June 16, 2020
  2. Date Found:March 17, 2021
  3. Birthday:December 18, 1997
  4. Age at Incident:22
  5. Race:Native American / Indigenous
  6. Gender:Female
  7. Height:5'2"
  8. Weight:140 lbs
  9. Hair Color:Brown

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