UPDATE: Sturgis area teen charged as adult in missing Wyoming girls death

Judge sets bond at $1 million

UPDATE — Oct. 9, 2019 3:54 p.m.

STURGIS, S.D. – According to Meade County Interim State’s Attorney Michele Bordewyk, Michael Campbell, 17, made an initial appearance Wednesday morning for the murder of 16-year-old Shayna Ritthaler. His bond was set at $1 million cash or surety.

A motion has been filed and granted by the court to seal the probable cause affidavit. Bordewyk provided several reasons for the motion stating, “the age of the victim, the sensitive nature of the case, the significant detail contained within the document, the potential publicity this case will receive, and that this is still an ongoing investigation.”

The nature of Campbell and his alleged victim’s relationship is still unclear to the court as they continue their investigation.

Campbell is set to appear in court again on Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. to again hear the charges against him.

STURGIS S.D. –  Oct. 9, 2019 10:44 a.m.

According to court documents, Michael Campbell, age 17, is being prosecuted as an adult and charged with second-degree murder for the death of Shayna Ritthaler, age 16. He is set to appear on the charges this morning in Meade County court.

Ritthaler was reported missing October 3 from her home in Moorcroft W.Y.. She was reported to be seen in the Sturgis/Deadwood area Sunday, October 6.

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.



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