Shauntae Hope Marks: Body Found In Sandbar Could Be Missing Teen

10/22/2012 09:48 am ET
  • David Lohr Senior Crime Reporter, The Huffington Post

A body found in a sandbar could be that of missing teenager Shauntae Hope Marks, South Dakota police said.

Two teenage boys found the body Friday, according to Fort Thompson police. According to KSFY News, relatives of Marks said they were told the body had been in the sandbar for some time.

Marks, 15, was last seen on the evening of May 4, at the Mary Manor apartment complex in Ft. Thompson. A statewide endangered person's alert was issued for the teen. According to the alert, Marks was distraught over a recent relationship and had made threats about harming herself.

The body found Friday was taken to Rapid City for autopsy and positive identification. The FBI is reportedly assisting local police in the investigation.

In the initial police report, Marks was described as a Native American female, 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds. She has black shoulder length hair and brown eyes and wears glasses. Marks was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white shirt with stripes, a black and gray hooded sweatshirt and blue Etnies brand tennis shoes.

According to KSFY, Marks would be a 10th grader this school year. Her family told the news station that she lived to draw and wanted to be an artist.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Fort Thompson police at 605-245-2351 or 888-337-2388.

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