Human remains discovered near Pactola Reservoir - identified - KOTA Territory News

Human remains discovered near Pactola Reservoir - identified

Posted: Updated: June 28, 2013 3:47 PM

(Update: July 1)

Through the use of dental records, a positive identification of the skeletal remains located in the area of Kelly Gulch, has been made.


The remains are those of 53 year old Reginald E. Henrickson.  Mr. Henrickson is originally from Minnesota.  His last known residences were in Alaska and the Philippines. 


A missing persons report was generated regarding Mr. Henrickson by Seattle authorities in June 2012.


On June 27, 2013 an autopsy was conducted, which did not reveal any evidence of trauma.  


This investigation is ongoing.



The cause of death is still unknown, but investigators are inching closer to identifying the human remains found this week in the Black Hills.

The remains were discovered Tuesday in this rugged area west of Pactola Reservoir. An autopsy was performed yesterday and shows no evidence of trauma, so investigators don't suspect foul play.

While the identity of the person is still a mystery, Captain Corey Brubakken with the Pennington County sheriff's office says they are getting closer.

"There was a missing persons case out of Seattle, Washington," he said. "I believe it was from June of 2012, and there was evidence that we had recovered from the scene which lead us to the authorities in Seattle."

Brubakken says they're also looking at dental records.



No foul play is suspected in the death of a person, whose badly decomposed, skeletal remains were found near Kelly Gulch Wednesday.

An autopsy was conducted Thursday.  Police say they don't know the cause of death but there are no signs of trauma.

They also don't know who the person was but they could have a lead.  According to a release from the Pennington  County Sheriff's Office, evidence collected from the scene led investigators to Seattle, Wash., regarding a person reportedly missing from their area in June of 2012.  Police believe there are similarities between the two cases.  Dental records have been obtained for this individual and are currently being examined.

The night before the remains were recovered, a group of people riding ATVs called in to say they found a body.  But it wasn't until the next morning when law enforcement was able to get to it.


(Original story)

A decomposed body was found near Pactola Reservoir Tuesday night. Now, Pennington County Investigators are tasked with identifying the body and piecing together exactly what happened.

A group of people riding ATV's discovered the remains on some very rugged terrain off of Kelly Gulch road, which is near Pactola Reservoir. Since it was getting dark, and the area was difficult to get to, the search was called off.   Bright and early Wednesday morning a team of investigators went out and were able to recover the body.

At this point, the remains are so badly decomposed that they aren't able to identify the sex or race of the person.  Captain Corey Brubakken with Pennington County Sheriff's Office says they'll use DNA analysis to find out exactly who it is.  In addition, they'll look at missing persons reports to see if they can find a match.  "It's really too early to tell, we are reviewing missing persons cases to determine whether or not it could be any of our current missing persons," Brubakken said.

Captain Brubakken did say they were able to recover some items from the scene that could help identify the person. While he did not say exactly what those things were, he did say identifying the person will take work and time.


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