Children in Amber Alert found safe near Mitchell after authorities apprehend suspects

Search began in the Black Hills earlier in the day before pursuit carried into Davison County

Officers with the Sanborn County Sheriff's Department work the site of where two children were rescued from a child abduction case Saturday, May 29, 2021 north of Mitchell on State Highway 37. (Sam Fosness / Republic)

The search for two missing children and their non-custodial parent ended 280 miles across South Dakota Saturday evening, with Davison County authorities bringing the case to a safe conclusion north of Mitchell.

The two children in the Amber Alert were recovered safely in northern Davison County on Saturday just after 8 p.m., according to the Davison County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Authorities brought 37-year-old woman Katrina Joy Seay and a second individual into custody about 5 miles north of Mitchell on State Highway 37 at the intersection of 245th Street.

Seay was the named suspect in the Amber Alert issued Saturday afternoon, putting the public on the lookout for the missing children, the potential suspect and their vehicle. The alert said that the children were believed to be in immediate danger.


Vehicles from the South Dakota Highway Patrol close in on the scene where two children were rescued as part of a potential child abduction case Saturday, May 29, 2021 north of Mitchell near State Highway 37 and 245th Street. (Sam Fosness / Republic)

The missing children were 9-year-old girl Zyriah T. Seay, and 5-year-old Jeremiah Seay. Katrina Seay was listed as the children’s non-custodial parent.

The Amber Alert put the public on the lookout for a green 2014 Chevrolet Cruz four-door sedan with vanity license plates.

Scanner traffic indicted law enforcement followed the suspect's car through the city of Mitchell, with the alleged suspect driving at speeds in excess of 80 mph in the city of Mitchell and 107 mph on the outskirts of the city. Mul tiple wi tnesses repor ted the vehicle drove through down town Mi tchell and par ts of residen tial areas, reaching speeds of up to 80 mph. An aircraf t also aided law enforcemen t in the pursui t, scanner traffic indica ted.

The South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, South Dakota Highway Patrol and Davison County Sheriff’s Office were among the law enforcement agencies that were involved in the pursuit.

According to Davison County Acting Sheriff Steve Harr, both of the children were deemed safe following the pursuit and turned over to protective services. Ka trina Seay, the suspec t, was arres ted and transpor ted to the Davison Coun ty Jail wi th no injuries. She was brought to the Pennington County Jail late Saturday and was charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping.

Harr called the rescue mission an "incredible team effor t."

"Everyone worked toge ther to ge t the kids to safe ty. I t was an incredible effor t by all," Harr said to the Mi tchell Republic on Sa turday af ter the abduc ted children were rescued by au thori ties.


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Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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