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Clay County, SD investigators admit they have victim’s cell phone

Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 4:56 PM CST
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VERMILLION, S.D. (KTIV) - More than six years after a Sioux City woman’s death, investigators now admit they have what could be a big clue to the case of Alicia Hummel.

An autopsy determined Hummel’s cause of death was drowning, but the report lists contributing factors, including an incision wound to her neck, and blunt force trauma to her head. Toxicology reports were negative for both alcohol and controlled substances.

Hummel’s body was found near the boat dock at Myron Grove, west of Vermillion, South Dakota.

Clay County, South Dakota Sheriff Andy Howe says leads have pointed to a dark-colored car, with tinted windows, which was seen in the area of Myron Grove at the time. Today, Howe admitted investigators have Hummel’s cell phone.

They say it was found at the scene at Myron Grove, but Howe won’t say how it was found, when it was found, and what, if any, evidence investigators have recovered from it.

There is a reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. If you know anything, you’re asked to call the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at (605) 677-7100.

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