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Body recovered of missing Rapid City man near the area of Sheridan Lake

Published: Sep. 23, 2020 at 7:18 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - On Tuesday, police found the body of 22-year-old Dakota Zaiser near Sheridan Lake.

Zaiser disappeared in the days following the August 24th shooting at Thompson Park that killed two Charles Red Willow and Ashley Nagy. The suspect in that double homicide, 36-year-old Arnson Absolu from the Bronx, is now also the suspect in Zaiser’s death.

Earlier in the month, Absolu was located and arrested in New York City, where he remains in custody for the homicides of Red Willow and Nagy.

Before his body was found, police were looking for Zaiser, wanting to speak with him about his association with Absolu.

Zaiser’s body was concealed in a way that police say is not consistent with someone dying of natural causes. An autopsy has been conducted, however, further forensic testing will be needed in order to determine a cause and manner of death in the investigation.

Police said the shooting of Red Willow and Nagy does not appear to be random, and their deaths and Zaiser’s has a potential drug link.

“Most of the uptick in homicides that we have seen this year in 2020, a lot of them have a direct correlation with the nexus of drugs, things of that nature,” said Lieutenant Andy Becker with the Rapid City Police Department.

“He {Zaiser} was the most understanding and caring person to walk the earth,” said Kenzie Kaufam, a friend of Zaiser.

This is an on-going investigation. Anyone with information about Zaiser’s whereabouts on August 24th or his interactions with Absolu is encouraged to contact Rapid City Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (605) 394-4134.

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