Chadron Has First Homicide Since 2008; Person Of Interest Being Sought

      Law enforcement agencies are searching for a “person of interest” in an early morning homicide in the 300 block of Maple Street in Chadron. 

     Chadron Police Chief Rick Hickstein is not releasing details of the 2 a-m homicide at this time, but says the man being sought, 20-year old Ian Little Moon, may be armed and dangerous.

      Little Moon, who commonly uses the first name Sage, is Native American, about 6-2 and 155 pounds.

He may be in a blue 2005 Ford Freestar van with Nebraska license plate 69-B693, which was reported as stolen.

     Chief Hickstein asks that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Sage Little Moon or the van contact local law enforcement. He also says to avoid making personal contact with Little Moon because he may be armed and dangerous.

Sage Little Moon

      The Nebraska State Patrol and Dawes County Sheriff’s Office are working with Chadron police on the investigation.

      The last homicide in Chadron before this was in Dec 2008 when 22-year Chadron State College student Kennth Pfeiffer Jr was stabbed more than 50 times by his off-campus roommate Joseph Hotz, who was on illegal drugs at the time. 

     Hotz, originally from Rushville, was convicted in 2009 of multiple charges, including 2nd-degree murder, and was sentenced to 42 to 125 years in prison.

     The Nebraska Supreme Court overturned the convictions 2 years later, ruling the trial judge had waited too long to deny the use of a temporary insanity defense. 

      Hotz accepted a plea agreement rather than go through a second trial and is currently serving 45-70 years in prison for 2nd-degree murder, attempted 2nd-degree murder, and felony use of a weapon