PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Family members of two cousins found dead after being missing for nearly 3 months on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near Manderson say they’re saddened, yet relieved to know what happened to them.
The bodies of Robert “RJ” Kills Enemy Jr. and Vincent “Stevie” Little Dog, both 25, were found last Friday and on Monday.
Kills Enemy’s mother, Willene Kills Enemy, is also Little Dog’s aunt says it’s a sad time for the family, but there is relief in knowing they have been found. Authorities have not said how they died.
The men were last seen about 11:00 pm on Dec 27th when they ran from an Oglala Sioux tribal police officer who was responding to a report of two intoxicated men.
Repeated searchs by dozens of volunteers that included family, friends, and a variety of agencies and organzations on and off the reservation failed to find Kills Enemy or Little Dog, although they did find a few articles of their clothing about a month ago.
Kills Enemy’s body was found last Saturday by a rancher looking for a lost cow in hills north of Manderson. Little Dog’s body was discovered a short distance away on Monday.