Minot suspected murder case leads into South Dakota

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MINOT, N.D. — A 25-year-old Minot man has been accused of murder in the case of a missing local woman.

In the case, police said there was a request for a welfare check on the woman in southeast Minot about 5 p.m. on Monday, June 8.

Police then began an investigation which led to a South Dakota connection.

Just minutes before midnight on Monday, South Dakota law enforcement was contacted and requested to check out a residence almost 300 miles away near Faith in western South Dakota and on the fringes of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

There they found the Minot woman, who was dead.


Following that discovery, South Dakota authorities arrested Duell Clifton, who remains in custody in South Dakota pending an initial appearance. Clifton is expected to be transported back to Minot to the Ward County Jail.

The woman's identity is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Faith is about 120 miles northeast of Rapid City.

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