By Brett Nachtigall
HOT SPRINGS – The body discovered in Fall River earlier this month has been identified as 50-year-old, caucasian, male Edwin Young.
Local law enforcement, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Fall River County Coroner responded to a call near the south side of the Hot Springs city limits, at the Allen Ranch Campground, last Thursday afternoon, Aug. 8, at 1:33 p.m., when the landowner of the campground discovered Young's body in the river.
Fall River County Coroner Donna Behrens said the body was found on the south end of Joe Allen’s property, near the horse stables.
Behrens said Young has been a resident of Hot Springs off-and-on for the past few years and that there were not any signs of “malicious intent” shown on his body when he was discovered. The cause of death is still unknown, as Behrens awaits a determination of an autopsy that is being done in Rapid City, which can take up to six weeks, she said.
An eyewitness to the recovery of the body said the man was not wearing any clothes and appeared to have been in the water for a considerable amount of time. The eyewitness said that DCI questioned all of the campers and asked if they had witnessed anything suspicious.
Behrens confirmed that she suspects Young may have been in the river for as long as two weeks before he was discovered. His name was not released to the public until recently, to allow time for his family to be contacted. Behrens said Young had relatives in Arizona as well as some in the Black Hills area.