Missing Spearfish man died from hypothermia

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UPDATE: It seems Christopher Oien died from hypothermia due to exposure. The Lawrence County Coroner's Office issued the preliminary cause of death on Monday morning.


DEADWOOD, S.D. - The body of a man reported missing in January has been found. 

Christopher Oien, 28, was reported missing to Deadwood Police on Jan. 16. Authorities led an intensive search for the man who was a Spearfish resident, according to his Facebook page.

He was found Wednesday evening in a remote area southwest of the Lodge at Deadwood. Police say he was discovered by someone hunting for shed deer antlers.

Due to the steep, rugged terrain, members of Lawrence County Search and Rescue and the Deadwood Volunteer Fire Department assisted in recovering the body.

An autopsy is pending.

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