Officials positively identify woman found in river
July 16, 2009
The woman whose body was found Wednesday afternoon in the Little Bighorn River has been positively identified as 39-year-old Crystal Williamson-Little Light.
The information was released Thursday afternoon by Matthew Pryor, BIA Office of Justice Services special agent in charge. Pryor said forensic testing verified Williamson's identity, adding there were no signs of trauma to the body.
Williamson-Little Light of Crow Agency was last seen by her mother in Crow Agency on June 30 as she was leaving with friends to go swimming in the river. After she was reported missing on July 2, officials conducted daily searches of the river.
K.T. Irwin of Northwest Canine Search and Recovery of Cody, Wyo., with her cadaver dog Mia, were searching Wednesday about three miles downriver from where officials think Williamson was last seen when Mia alerted searchers. U.S. Water Rescue Dive divers, led by Shane Weinreis, helped to retrieve the woman's body from the river.
Crow Fish and Game, Crow fire, Crow police and BIA and FBI special agents assisted in Wednesday's search. The Big Horn County Sheriff's Office also helped in the two-week investigation.
A funeral service for Williamson-Little Light will take place 11 a.m. Monday in the Crow Agency Multipurpose Building. Interment will follow in the Crow Agency Cemetery.