Irene Death Investigated

IRENE — A man’s body was found in an Irene alley earlier this week, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office posted the information Thursday on its Facebook page. The case remains under investigation.

The incident drew multiple agencies as Irene is located in Yankton, Clay and Turner counties, and S.D. Highway 46 runs through the community.

At 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9 (Monday), a Clay County Sheriff’s deputy discovered the body of a deceased man in an alley intersecting the 200 block of E. Main Street in Irene.

Upon investigation, it was determined the man had been struck by a vehicle. It was also determined this incident was related to a report of a domestic disturbance reported to the Turner County Sheriff’s Office.

The domestic disturbance also occurred in Irene, the Turner County Sheriff’s Office told the Press & Dakotan Thursday night.

In addition to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, agencies involved with the investigation of the matter are the Turner County Sheriff’s Office, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

To remain in compliance with Marsy’s Law, names of those involved are not being released at this time. Marsy’s Law, passed by South Dakota voters as Constitutional Amendment S, supports victims’ rights and expanded the definition of victim, according to the website of South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.

On Thursday night, the Turner County Sheriff’s Office confirmed for the Press & Dakotan that the man’s death and the circumstances surrounding it remained an ongoing investigation.

Both the Turner and Clay County sheriff’s office responded to the domestic disturbance because the community lies on the county line, according to the Turner County Sheriff’s Office.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement services under contract with the City of Irene.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol has assisted with the case, but local authorities are in charge of the investigation, said Tony Mangan, spokesman for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Mangan had no further information Thursday night on the case or discovery of the man’s body.

The Press & Dakotan sought email comment Thursday evening from the South Dakota attorney general’s office, which works with the South Dakota DCI, on the case. The newspaper did not receive a response by its printing deadline.

The Turner County State’s Attorney will make a determination as to any criminal charges that may be filed in the man’s death.

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