1 year later, search continues for missing Bemidji teen

The search continues for a Native American girl who went missing last year.

Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of 15-year-old Nevaeh Kingbird. She was last seen leaving her home in Bemidji during the early-morning hours of Oct. 22, 2021, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

“It feels like a bad dream that I’m not able to wake up from,” Teddi Wind, Neveah’s mother, told Hubbard Broadcasting affiliate WDIO-TV.

She’s described as being 5-foot-4 and around 120 pounds with long, dark hair that has highlights and brown eyes.

A year later, the widespread anger and sadness in the First Nations community remain.

“I hope I find some answers. I’m preparing myself for whatever answer that is,” Wind added. “You know, am I going to find her alive? Am I going to find her dead, will I find her ever? I can’t really explain how I’m going to feel because I take it one day at a time and some days I’m crying all day and some days I’m being strong and I’m able to communicate with other people.”

Anyone with information about Kingbird’s disappearance or possible whereabouts is asked to call the Bemidji Police Department at 218-333-9111.