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    Shayna Ritthaler (16) found shot to death; a 17 year old has been arrested for the murder

    A Moorcroft, WY teen who was reported missing Thursday, was found Monday deceased in a home outside of Sturgis.

    According to the Meade County Sheriff?s Office, a search warrant was executed Monday at a home in Blucksberg, an unincorporated community south of Sturgis. A body believed to be Shayna Ritthaler, 16, was found in a basement bedroom. Officials say an autopsy is scheduled later this week.

    According to Ritthaler?s mother?s Facebook page, ?she was found last night, shot.?

    Criminal charges are pending against one juvenile suspect but due to the age of the suspect, the name is withheld.

    Ritthaler was last seen Oct. 3 at the Coffee Cup in Moorcroft. Shortly after being reported missing, police said Ritthaler was believed to be on foot in the Sturgis or Deadwood area.

    Meade County Sheriff?s Office, Lawrence County Sheriff?s Office, Deadwood Police Department, Moorcroft Police Department, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation worked on this case.
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    A 17-year-old boy pleads not guilty to the murder of a missing 16-year-old girl from Moorcroft, Wyo.

    Michael Gavin Campbell pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to murder charges Thursday in Sturgis. Earlier, a Meade County grand jury indicted Campbell on alternative charges of first and second degree murder.

    Campbell is accused of the murder of Shayna Ritthaler of Moorcroft. Her body was found in the basement of a home on Blucksberg Drive, southeast of Sturgis.

    During Campbell’s first court appearance last week, Meade County State's Attorney Michelle Bordewyk said the teen admitted to law enforcement that the two had an argument that turned violent and he shot her. Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin said Ritthaler was shot in the head.

    Campbell's attorney said he plans to file a motion to have the case moved to juvenile court.

    Campbell is being held on a $1 million bond.

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