WAPATO, Wash. — The family of a Wapato woman who has been missing since early October is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to her location.
Relatives of Rosenda Sophia Strong recently completed an online fundraiser in which they sought donations for the reward fund. They also sold Indian tacos and wristbands at the MMIWG Healing Together Vigil at The Campbell Farm on Feb. 23.
Strong’s sister, Cissy Strong Reyes, and cousin Roxanne White, an advocate for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and their families, hosted the gathering.
The $1,000 reward will go to anyone who gives the exact location so Reyes can bring her sister home, she posted on the family’s Facebook page, Help Us Find Rosenda Strong.
“All we want is closure and we hope this helps us bring Rosenda home,” she wrote in the post, which includes a flyer with photos and more information.
The 31-year-old mother of four is 5 feet tall and 150 pounds. Strong was last seen Oct. 2 by family when she left with a friend in an older Nissan car to go to Legends Casino in Toppenish. Her brother, Christopher Strong, filed a missing person report the next day.
Rosenda Strong is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and a descendant of the Yakama Nation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Yakama Nation Police Department at 509-865-2933 or the FBI at 509-990-0857 regarding case number 18-010803.
Christopher Strong and Reyes spoke about their sister at the gathering Saturday.
“Just know that I’m not going to give up looking for her and I’m not going to give up on anyone else," Reyes said. “I’m the backbone for my family and I’m not going to stop.”