A federal grand jury has indicted a woman and man from Pine Ridge as suspects in the death of Emily Blue Bird, the young mother of two whose body was found last Thursday in a creek near Pine Ridge Village.
U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced on Wednesday that Elizabeth Ann LeBeau, also known as Ann LeBeau, 23, was charged with first-degree murder, while Fred Quiver, also known as Fred Brings Plenty, 29, was charged with accessory to first-degree murder.
“The Indictment alleges that on or between Jan. 1, and Jan. 3, 2016, LeBeau murdered Emily Bluebird by strangulation, and that between Jan. 1, and Jan. 21, 2016, Brings Plenty was an accessory to Bluebird’s murder,” Seiler stated in a prepared release.
Seiler noted in the release that the charges were merely an accusation, and LeBeau and Quiver are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Their initial court appearance has not been scheduled, and the defendants remained in custody at the time the release was issued, he said.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen is prosecuting the crime, according to the release.
Blue Bird, 24, was last seen Jan. 2 outside her mother’s house in Pine Ridge. Family members, who were highly critical of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ probe into the missing woman, say they found Blue Bird’s body shortly after they began a search with about 100 family and tribal members Jan 21.