A Yankton man accused of murdering a local woman has been indicted.
According to a press release from the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office received by the Press & Dakotan Monday, Stephen Falkenberg, 45, of Yankton, was indicted on one count of second-degree murder by a Yankton County grand jury.
Thursday Falkenberg is scheduled to make an initial appearance in court. He is currently being held on a $1 million bond.
The charge against Falkenberg stems from the March 1 death of 46-year-old Tamara LaFramboise of Yankton. LaFramboise’s body was discovered in Menominee County, Michigan on March 16.
LaFramboise was reported missing by her mother Mary LaFramboise of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She advised police that her daughter had a volatile relationship with Falkenberg.
LaFramboise’s torso was found in the Little River near Falkenberg’s family home in Menominee, Michigan, by two boys walking their dog. Media reports indicate that the body is thought to have been dumped off a bridge. Clothing and any body parts that could have identified her were missing. Investigators identified LaFramboise by her tattoos.
Court documents state that Falkenberg told his sister he had an argument with LaFramboise at her Yankton apartment, that he pushed her and caused her to hit her head and die. He said he dismembered the body to conceal her identity, according to the document.