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South Dakota Endangered Missing Advisory

Laurence “Jeff” Willett (left) Leon Kleingartner (right)
Laurence “Jeff” Willett (left) Leon Kleingartner (right)

2PM Update
Jeff Willett and Leon Kleingartner have been located safely.

Endangered Missing Persons Description:
Jeff Willett, 73 yrs. old
white male, 5’8”m 170 lbs., brown eyes, gray hair, mustache
last seen wearing a 1970’s style blue snowmobile suit and leather snow boots.

Leon Kleingartner, 73 yrs. old
white male, 5’9”, 170 lbs., blue eyes, gray hair, wears glasses
last seen wearing a green helmet, black POLARIS jacket, snowmobile pants and black/green boots

Vehicle Descriptions:
2014 Green Artic Cat snowmobile M98000, SD license S66849
2016 Orange Artic Cat snowmobile 2R6000, SD license S66850

Details of the incident
Tuesday, March 07, 2023 at 11:30 am Leon Kleingartner and Jeff Willett went snowmobiling in Pennington County, SD. They were due to return home before dusk. They left from 11465 Rochford Road and headed westbound. Jeff and Leon left their mobile phones and maps behind.

They were possibly last spotted in the area of Black Fox Campground.

As of 9:30 am on March 8th, 2023 they had not returned home.

Leon and Jeff are endangered due to the adverse winter weather conditions in the area.

If YOU have seen these Endangered Persons or Vehicles call 605-394-4131 Immediately.

Do NOT take action to rescue the Endangered Person, CALL IMMEDIATELY