By all accounts, Katelynn Berry was a smiling, happy young woman. So when she disappeared in late December of 2021, her family and friends were racked with nerves. Katelynn’s disappearance rocked the small town of Sidney, Montana, where she lived in her own apartment over her father’s garage workshop. After several days of not answering calls or responding to texts from her parents, Carmel and Hank, her dad finally drove to her apartment himself. Calling her cell phone while standing outside her apartment, he listened carefully to see if he could hear it ringing. When he didn’t hear anything, he assumed that Katelynn must have the phone with her, out with her friends.
The Night Katelyn Went Missing
More days passed, and calls went directly to voicemail. At that point, Katelynn’s parents called all her friends that they could and visited the ones they couldn’t. No one could tell them anything more than what they already knew. Katelyn was missing.
It was December 31st, 2021. Nine days passed, and Hank decided to bring in law enforcement. He went to the sheriff’s office and reported Katelynn as missing to Sheriff John Dynneson, Richland County Sheriff. Sheriff Dynneson didn’t waste any time. He and his team headed to Katelyn’s apartment and searched the premises. They came up empty-handed, except to locate her ID, favorite coat, and cell phone. Her boots, on the other hand, were nowhere to be found.
Given Montana’s freezing and sub-freezing temperatures during that time of year, Katelynn’s mother, Carmel, began to have a theory. She wondered if Katelyn had stepped outside briefly to speak to someone, assuming she would be returning inside momentarily. Unfortunately, Kaitlynn did not return back inside, which made Carmel think that Katelynn may have been kidnapped.
The Search for Katelyn Berry
Katelynn was a slight woman. Even at 26, she weighed only 100 pounds on her five-foot-four frame. She was considered an attractive woman with green eyes, brown hair, and a pretty smile. Carmel reasoned that her slight build would make it easy for someone to abduct her. The family decided to put up a reward for her safe return. They started with a $10,000 reward and then increased it to $25,000 when they got no response. Increasingly desperate, the family could do nothing more except rely on local law enforcement in the small, eastern town in Montana where Katelynn had gone missing.
Sheriff John Dynneson was doing everything humanly possible to find this missing person. He employed all the resources at his disposal, including sending up a drone mission to search the area around Katelyn’s apartment. Along with his team, he searched on foot with dogs and had a helicopter fly overhead to see if they could glean some clue as to where Katelynn was or if they could find her somewhere. A Facebook post on the sheriff’s department’s website listed updates, beseeching the public to call in if they had any news, sightings, or information regarding the mysterious disappearance of Katelynn Berry. All of these efforts yielded no success until one day.
Katelynn Berry Conclusion
Sadly, the remains of a human body were found in late January of 2022. After identification, it was announced that the mystery surrounding Katelynn Berry’s vanishing had been solved. The cause of death was announced as hypothermia. Katelynn’s family was devastated. Although they received closure, they did not receive the outcome they had prayed for. Katelynn’s effervescent personality made her loved and cherished by all who knew her. Her family has chosen to remember her by setting up the Katelyn Berry Memorial Scholarship to help spread awareness about mental illness and its effects on individuals and families. Though Katelynn has passed, it is hoped that her memory will serve to help others in crisis.