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Man found dead in S.D. ditch slain in Iowa

October 29, 2013
By DIRK LAMMERS , The Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Police in Iowa have one man in custody and are searching for another in the shooting death of a man whose body was found in a roadside ditch in southeastern South Dakota, authorities said Monday.

Sioux City Police Department Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick identified the victim Monday afternoon as Adrian Rojas Hernandez, 20, of Sioux City. Hernandez had a single gunshot wound to his head, Kirkpatrick said.

The body was discovered by a driver about noon Sunday off a gravel road five miles east of Interstate 29's Exit 64 between Canton and Sioux Falls, said Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson.

"There had been an attempt to set the body on fire," Johnson said.

The sheriff said the body was not badly burned but authorities were unable to find any identification on the man. The link to the Iowa case was made on Sunday night, Johnson said.

"We contacted Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Omaha and Worthington asking if they had some missing persons that fit the description," he said.

Johnson said an autopsy was completed Monday.

The man is believed to have been killed early Sunday at a Sioux City home across the street from a children's park, Kirkpatrick said.

Ricardo Jaime Vital, 22, of Sioux City, Iowa, has been arrested and charged as an accessory after the fact. He was booked at the jail and was expected to make an initial court appearance on Monday afternoon. Officers are continuing to look for a 20-year-old man also believed to be involved in the homicide.

"All three were acquaintances and were together earlier in the evening," Kirkpatrick said.

Police were working to pull an arrest warrant on the second suspect Monday afternoon. He may be driving a silver 2003 Audi A4, police said.

"We haven't located him yet," Kirkpatrick said.

 
 

 

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