Body found near Deerfield Lake; believed to be that of missing hunter


PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. — On Tuesday, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a discovered body in the area of Deerfield Lake.

A resident of the area was repairing a fence and located the body, at which point they called the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to the scene, and based on the clothing of the male body, physical description, and location, it is believed to be Larry Genzlinger, who went missing on October 1 of 2019.

The body was found about 400 yards east of Williams Draw Road, about two-and-a-half miles north of his last known location. The investigation will continue to confirm the identity, and the autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27.

Genzlinger, 66, from Howard, was last seen in early October while elk hunting with his nephew in the area of Six Mile Road and Ditch Creek Road. After family of Genzlinger contacted law enforcement, an extensive search ensued. However, because of the high elevation and continued snow cover, the search was put on hold.

In the spring, search efforts continued when seven canine teams from states such as Colorado, Wyoming and Montana searched for Genzlinger.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Larry Genzlinger,” says Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom. “The family has been notified and we hope this helps begin their healing process.”

Multiple agencies were involved in the months-long search, which took place in the air and on the ground. Almost 2,500 miles were logged by search teams.

The following agencies were involved in the search:

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Pennington County Search and Rescue, Custer County Search and Rescue, Rockerville Volunteer Fire Department, Wolfpack Working Dogs, Rochford Volunteer Fire Department, Civil Air Patrol, New Underwood Volunteer Fire Department, Silver City Volunteer Fire Department, Box Elder Volunteer Fire Department, Pennington County Fire Administrator, Fairburn Volunteer Fire Department, Lawrence County Search and Rescue, Back Country Horse Riders, OST Emergency Management, Johnson Siding Volunteer Fire Department, Black Hawk Volunteer Fire Department, Piedmont Volunteer Fire Department, Weston County Search and Rescue, US Forest Service, South Dakota Game Fish & Parks, South Dakota Wildland Fire, Colorado Forensic Canines and Tri-State Canines.


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