Body of missing Rapid City man found near Sheridan Lake
Police say 22-year-old Dakota Zaiser disappeared following a double homicide in Thomson Park
Rapid City, S.D. – A homicide investigation is underway after the remains of a man wanted for questioning in an August 24th shooting in Rapid City that left two people dead were found near Sheridan Lake.
Police say 22-year-old Dakota Zaiser was reported to have disappeared in the days following the shooting at Thomson Park. In the time since, police had been searching for him in order to talk to him about his association with 36-year-old Arnson Absolu at the time of the shooting.
Zaiser’s remains were located in a forested area near Sheridan Lake on September 22nd.
Earlier this month, Absolu was located in New York City and was arrested for the homicides of Charles Red Willow and Ashley Nagy – the two victims of the Thomson Park shooting. He remains in custody in New York.
In a release, Rapid City police spokesman Brendyn Medina says “Information developed in the ongoing investigation into Zaiser’s disappearance led law enforcement to search a forested area north of Sheridan Lake. During the search of this location, Zaiser’s remains were located in a manner consistent with an attempt to conceal his body.”
An autopsy has been conducted, however, further forensic testing will be needed in order to determine a cause and manner of death in the investigation.
Now, police say Absolu has been identified as the primary suspect in Zaiser’s death.
Law enforcement officials are asking anyone who has information about Zaiser’s whereabouts on August 24th, or his interactions with Absolu immediately following the shootings at Thompson Park, to contact the Rapid City Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at 394-4134.
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