Authorities searching for Watertown man wanted for kidnapping and assault

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a Watertown man wanted for kidnapping and assault.

Codington County Sheriff Brad Howell says they believe 24-year-old Deven Taylor Burgher assaulted a woman at a residence in Florence on January 26th.

Howell says after the assault, Burgher forced the woman into his vehicle, leaving the woman’s 18 month-old child unattended at the home.

Burgher drove the woman to a rural area, forced her out of the vehicle in bitterly cold temperatures and drove away.

He returned a short time later to pick her up before returning to the residence.

Burgher is wanted for First Degree Kidnapping, False Imprisonment and other charges.

Anyone with information on Burgher’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Codington County Sheriff’s Office.


February 1, 2023