The 26-year-old woman from Montana with Grand Forks ties, Katelynn Berry, was confirmed dead by her parents Hank Berry and Carmell Mattison. This was done through a statement given to the Herald. According to reports from authorities, Katelynn’s death was as a result of hypothermia and it could have been accidental.
The staff at the county coroner’s office in Richland, Montana, refused to release a statement on the cause of death. Despite the fact that Katelynn’s death certificate is a matter of public record, the staff at the recorder and county clerk’s office in eastern Montana only issue the certificate in person.
The county sheriff, John Dynneson, failed to comment on the story after a request from the Herald. Katelynn Berry was first reported missing by her father Hank Berry on December 31, 2021.
On January 20, 2022, her body was found lying nearby her apartment in Sydney, Montana, which her father had built above his workshop. Katelynn was raised, partly, in East Grand Forks and Carmell Mattison, her mother, is a prosecutor in Grand Forks County.
A nonprofit foundation named Katelynn’s Voice Foundation has been set up by Hank Berry, Carmell Mattison, and other family members and friends. The foundation aims at awarding college scholarships to high school seniors in Minnesota or Montana, who have been diagnosed with mental illness. Read more about Katelyn Berry