Cold Case

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... June 20, 2019 Show 600 Hour 1

It was a case that captivated South Dakotans as it capitalized on the science of forensic geneaology to solve a 1968 cold case murder.

Retired detective Wayne Keefe made history and brought closure to a victim's family in solving a five decade old murder case in Rapid City. Keefe has been working on the case on a part-time basis since 2016 and has interviewed over 100 people. He discusses the several factors that went into directing them to Eugene Carroll Field as the suspect.

1968 Murder Solved Through Forensic Testing

Jun 17, 2019

The Rapid City Police Department has solved its first cold case using forensic genealogy testing. The 1968 murder of Gwen Miller remained a mystery for years, but new information has brought the family closure.

 

“Dear Aunt Gwen, it’s been a long time.”

Gwen Miller’s niece shares memories passed down through generations.

 

Sioux Falls Police Department

Police in Sioux Falls want help solving a missing person case that’s more than four decades old. Authorities say Ellabeth Lodermeier vanished in the '70s when she was 26 years old. Officials are asking for any information available on the anniversary of her disappearance.

Police Detective Pat Mertes says he has indications that Ellabeth Lodermeier is dead, but law enforcement are still trying to figure out what happened when she went missing 42 years ago.

Mertes says Lodermeier’s estranged husband was the last person to see her alive, and she vanished March 7, 1974.

Former Police Chief Charged With First Degree Murder

Sep 9, 2015

The former Harrisburg police chief has been indicted on a first degree murder charge.

A Gregory County grand jury indicted 63 year old Russell Ray Bertram on charges that he murdered his fiancé Leonila Stickney in 2009.  

Shortly after the incident investigators stated Stickney was shot during a hunting accident.   But this grand jury indictment alleges the shooting was not accidental.  

The State Attorney General Marty Jackley says this is a cold case that turned around thanks to continued work of investigators.

Chynna Lockett

  Law enforcement is using 3-D facial approximation technology to help solve a Lawrence County cold case. Skeletal remains of an unidentified man who had been shot multiple times were found near St. Onge in 2000. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley Spoke at Deadwood City Hall about how the new technology is helping identify the victim.

A man living in Florida is in custody for a murder near Sioux Falls that happened in November of 1989.  Law enforcement responded to a shooting and found a woman dead. A grand jury Thursday indicted the man and a judge issued a warrant.