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.

Four-Decade Mystery Case Solved

Apr 16, 2014

Attorney General Marty Jackley said yesterday that two Vermillion teens who went missing in the early 1970s died in a car crash. Pamela Jackson and Cheryl Miller died when their vehicle ran off the road while they were on their way to a party. Jackley said there was no evidence of foul play. The vehicle was in third gear when it crashed, keys were still in the ignition and one of the tires was damaged, perhaps indicating a blowout. Jackley said that alcohol was not a factor.

Karen Hall

Sep 20, 2013

Karen Hall, environmental engineer and writer, grew up in Fargo and later attended the University of Washington in Seattle before finishing her education at the University of Minnesota. She lives with her husband Jeff Nelsen near Rapid City. Her first Hannah Morrison mystery, Unreasonable Risk, a thriller about sabotage in an oil refinery, was published in 2006 and the second in the series, Through Dark Spaces, set in South Dakota's gold mining industry, followed in 2012.

Presentation On Deadwood's Chinatown

Jun 20, 2013

Historians Bill Markley and Jerry Bryant are hosting a presentation on the unsolved murder of Di Lee with a brief discussion on the archaelogical dig on Lower Main Street's Chinatown district in Deadwood. Di Lee, known to many as Deadwood's China Doll, was a woman of mystery. She was rich, single and was purported to be the most beautiful woman in Deadwood. During the night of November 27, 1877, Di Lee was murdered after she answered a knock on her door. Bryant and Markley will delve into Deadwood's Chinese community and present the facts of this unsolved case.

Author C.M. Wendelboe

Mar 29, 2013

C.M. Wendelboe is the author of the Spirit Road Mysteries series.  Wendelboe entered the law enforcement profession when he was discharged from the Marines as the Vietnam War was winding down.  In the 1970s he worked in South Dakota towns bordering three Indian reservations.  He revisits the Pine Ridge Reservation for research and recreation and has developed an awareness of Lakota people's culture, spirituality and perspectives on historical and contemporary issues that is reflected in the themes of his Spirit Road Mysteries.


Jan 16, 2013

In her latest mystery, author Lori Armstrong's character Mercy Gunderson is back in "Merciless."  A former Army sniper, Gunderson investigates a highly-trained military assassin who may have his sights set on Mercy as his next victim.  Anderson will sign copies of her new book Saturday at 2 p.m. at Books-A-Million in Rapid City and Tuesday, January 22, at 5 p.m. at the Sturgis Public Library.  Armstrong currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mystery Writers of America.

"Through Dark Spaces"

Nov 30, 2012

Black Hills Writers Group president Karen Hall's new book is "Through Dark Spaces," her second Hannah Morrison mystery.  In "Through Dark Spaces," which takes place in Deadwood and Lead, Hannah has quit her job at the refinery and started her own consulting company, Morrison Engineering.  The book also introduces a new cast of interesting characters.  Hall also visits about the Black Hills Writers Group's new anthology, "Granite Island, Amber Sea: Writings from the Black Hills and Plains."