In the early morning hours of November 12, 2016; the Martin Police Department received reports of a homicide that had occurred at a residence in the City of Martin. The Martin Police Department responded to the residence and secured that location pending the issuance of a search warrant. During the investigation, investigators determined that the body had been removed from the residence and was possibly being taken to an undisclosed location for disposal.
Later in the morning, the Batesland and Martin Fire Departments were dispatched to a grass fire in rural western Bennett County. While extinguishing the fire, the body of a male subject was discovered along the side of a roadway.
At this time, investigators are working multiple crime scenes and the investigation is ongoing. Multiple arrests have been made. Law enforcement would like to stress that there is no danger to the general public and that all known suspects have been identified and are in custody.
The investigation is being conducted by the Martin Police Department, Investigators of the Bennett County State’s Attorney’s Office, the South Dakota Attorney General’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the South Dakota State Fire Marshal’s Office.