Body believed to be missing Wyo. teen found near Sturgis, one arrested


CASPER, Wyo. —Officials in South Dakota say a search has led to the discovery of the body of a teenage girl near Sturgis.

According to a statement from the Meade County, South Dakota Sheriff’s Office; on October 7, 2019 the sheriff’s officials, along with agents from the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, served a search warrant at residence located in Blucksberg near Sturgis South Dakota.

A statement released by the Meade County Sheriff’s Office says the search was done based on information received from the Lawrence County South Dakota Sheriff’s Office, who had been working with the Deadwood Police Department and the Moorcroft Police Department in Wyoming.

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The body of a young female was discovered in a basement bedroom and is believed to be that of missing Wyoming teenager Shayna Ritthaler. An autopsy is pending for later in the week.

A juvenile suspect has been taken into custody and is being housed at the Juvenile Services Center in Rapid City.

Criminal charges are reportedly pending.

Due to ages of the parties involved, names are not being released at this time, by South Dakota Authorities.