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(SD)-SUV Body Confirmed As Homicide

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/08/2018 05:44 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says an autopsy confirms the death of a California woman found in the back seat of an SUV following a high speed interstate chase between Spearfish and Rapid City on New Year's Day is a homicide.
 
      Jackley says preliminary results show 58-year-old Michelle Walsh died from head and neck injuries. Her body was discovered after South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers chased and stopped the SUV driven by her son, 30-year-old Tosten Walsh Lommen.

       He's facing charges of eluding authorities and drunken driving, but has not been charged in connection with his mother's death.
 
     The Highway Patrol says the roughly 50 mile pursuit on Interstate 90 New Year's Day reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. Officers used spike strips on the roadway to disable the SUV, then arrested Lommen after a brief foot chase.


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