(SD)-Family Remains Hopeful about 2 Men Missing A Month On Reservation
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - Family members remain hopeful that two cousins missing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for more than a month will be found soon. 23-year-old Robert "RJ" Kills Enemy Jr and 25-year-old Vincent "Stevie" Little Dog were last seen Dec. 27 north of Manderson.
Their uncle, Garfield Steele, told the Rapid City Journal their family is "not going to give up the search," adding that it will continue "until those boys come home."
Steele says the extensive searches that followed their disappearance have recovered Kills Enemy's hat and jacket and Little Dog's sweater and one of his shoes as well as a plastic window cover with blood on it.
OST Police Chief Robert Ecoffey told the paper he won't say for sure that the items belong to the cousins until confirmed by forensic testing currently underway.
Kills Enemy and Little Dog were last seen Dec 27 north of Manderson after a police officer pulled up to them and a third person. All 3 ran and eluded the officer. The third person, whose name has not been released, reached safety but the cousins have yet to be found.
Ecoffey said officers have interviewed family members, the man they were walking with, and the people they were hanging out with before they started to walk towards Manderson. Large-scale searches have been suspended until after winter but smaller efforts and drone searches are continuing.
Ecoffey says the search has turned into a recovery operation, although searchers always hold out hope, and Steele, a former OST council member, says the family is beginning to believe the pair were victims of foul play.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who finds the missing men or shares information that leads to their location.
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