Mobridge Tribune

DCI investigating death of resident at East Side Motel

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation is conducting an investigation into the death of a Mobridge woman after her body was found in a cabin in which she had been living.
Officers were called to the East Side Motel Thursday, Oct. 7 after the owner of the business became concerned about the lack of activity at the cabin, which was unusual. He requested a welfare check on the three occupants of the cabin, a female and two males.
The Mobridge Police were the first on the scene and could not gain access to the cabin but were able to see inside from a window. An officer reported there might be a deceased individual in the cabin. The officers were finally able to access the cabin and called the Walworth County Coroner to the scene.
The body of Starla Finley, 62, was found in the cabin.
Because of the unknown nature of the death, the South Dakota Division of Criminal (DCI) Investigation was called in.
Tyler Neuharth of the DCI said on Tuesday, Oct. 12, that the investigation is ongoing as the autopsy was conducted Tuesday morning.
He said there is no way to know if there was suspicious nature to the death until results of the autopsy are available.
The primary report from that autopsy will be available to investigators later in the week, but the details of the cause of death and drug screen results will not be available for several weeks, according to Neuharth.
Officers from the Mobridge Police Department, the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, the Corson County Sheriff’s Office and the Mobridge Fire Department responded to the call.

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