Missing teen found dead in residence outside of Sturgis

MEADE CO., S.D. – A Moorcroft, WY teen who was reported missing Thursday, was found Monday deceased in a home outside of Sturgis.

According to the Meade County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was executed Monday at a home in Blucksberg, an unincorporated community south of Sturgis. A body believed to be Shayna Ritthaler, 16, was found in a basement bedroom. Officials say an autopsy is scheduled later this week.

According to Ritthaler’s mother’s Facebook page, “she was found last night, shot.”

Criminal charges are pending against one juvenile suspect but due to the age of the suspect, the name is withheld.

Ritthaler was last seen Oct. 3 at the Coffee Cup in Moorcroft. Shortly after being reported missing, police said Ritthaler was believed to be on foot in the Sturgis or Deadwood area.

Meade County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Deadwood Police Department, Moorcroft Police Department, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation worked on this case.

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