Body of kidnapping victim found in northeast South Dakota

The body of a missing Aberdeen man who was the victim in a suspected kidnapping was discovered Thursday evening.

According to Aberdeen police, FBI agents located the body Simon Deng in rural northeast South Dakota. Authorities have classified this case as a homicide.

Deng was last seen with suspects Joshua Ortley and Kyle Three Legs on October 23, before being reported missing four days later. Detectives say Deng had sent text messages revealing Ortley had assaulted him. During the investigation, officers found evidence that Deng had been severely injured.

Three Legs is in the Brown County Jail on charges of Aiding and Abetting Aggravated Kidnapping. Ortley has been charged with Aggravated Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault and is currently at the Minnehaha County Jail. Cecilia Walking Bull has been charged with Accessory After-the-Fact to Aggravated Kidnapping and is at the Brown County Jail.

With the discovery of the body, those charges will likely be modified.


November 21, 2022