Death of man found near Renner investigated as homicide

September 19, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say the death of a Sioux Falls man whose body was found in a ditch in Minnehaha County is being investigated as a homicide.

Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Capt. Jason Gearman said Wednesday the homicide is apparently drug related. No one is in custody.

Gearman says they’ve developed some leads in the case and are conducting interviews. The victim is identified as 40-year-old Lakendrick Thornton. Authorities say Thornton died of a single gunshot wound.

The body was found by a resident Tuesday near Renner. The sheriff’s office, the South Dakota Highway Patrol and Sioux Falls police are investigating.

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