Remains of missing Rapid City man identified - KOTA Territory News

Remains of missing Rapid City man identified

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The remains of Michael Munoz, 35, of Rapid City were found just north of Chadron last summer. Since that time, police have worked tirelessly to identify him and reach out to his family.

Munoz was reported as a missing person in Pennington County in 2009 but no family members could be located to assist in the follow-up investigation.

Although Munoz's body was found in July of 2012, it took months to track down his family in order to get a positive DNA match to confirm his identity.

His mother was eventually found in Montana, and his sister in Arizona. Both of them were needed to genetically confirm the identity of the remains found.

Rapid City law enforcement initially investigated the missing persons case, but sent all the information to Chadron law enforcement, as Munoz was living with his girlfriend in the city.

Shortly before his disappearance, his girlfriend allegedly kicked him out of her home, and he had a brief encounter with police but was not arrested.

At this point, police are unsure if a crime occurred.

"It's not being called a homicide so and I don't know, other than the fact that he lived in Chadron with his Girlfriend, his family was from rapid, other than that I don't know what other connections ...to Rapid City," said Captain Corey Brubakken with the Investigations Division.

Munoz's mother last spoke to her son on March 29, 2009.  

The circumstances surrounding his death are still under investigation by the Dawes County Sheriffs Office, and the Nebraska State Patrol.

They are looking for the public's help. Anyone with information should contact the Dawes County Sheriffs Office at 308-432-3025.

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