Body of missing teen found near Sturgis

STURGIS — A body of a young female, believed to be that of a teenager missing from Moorcroft, Wyo., has been found in a home near Sturgis.

On Monday the Meade County Sheriff’s Office, along with agents from the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, served a search warrant at residence located in Blucksberg, a subdivision just east of Sturgis. The search was conducted based on information received from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office who had been working with the Deadwood Police Department and the Moorcroft Police Department in Wyoming. 

The body of a young female was discovered in a basement bedroom and is believed to be that of missing Wyoming teenager Shayna Ritthaler. An autopsy is pending for later this week.

A juvenile suspect has been taken into custody and is being housed at the Juvenile Services Center in Rapid City. Criminal charges are pending.

Due to ages of the parties involved, names are not being released at this time. 

Moorcroft police said that Ritthaler was last seen Thursday afternoon getting into a vehicle at the Coffee Cup in Moorcroft, Wyo. Police later received information that she may have been in the Lead-Deadwood area, and then later in the Sturgis or Deadwood area.

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