SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A missing 20-year-old Sioux Falls woman who was thought to have been abducted after she left work at the Walmart in far eastern Sioux Falls early Sunday morning has been found dead.
Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said Tuesday, Jan. 7, that the body of Pasqalina Esen Badi was found next to a rural road in nearby Lincoln County.
She was last seen leaving the store about 5 a.m. on Sunday in the 5500 block of Arrowhead Parkway and walking to her car. The car was then seen driving away.
Her car was later found on a nearby street.
The 19-year-old man who police believed was a "person of interest" in Badi's abduction, Amir Hasan Beaudion Jr. of Sioux Falls, was found late Monday night after police put out an alert and he is in custody on charges related to a Jan. 1 incident, Clemens said.
Clemens said police are working with the county coroner on the possible cause of death of Badi.
Badi was described as a black woman, about 5-foot-2 and 115 pounds. She was wearing a black jacket with a gray hood and stripes on the sleeves with dark pants and white shoes when she was last seen.
Police didn't release a description of Beaudion Jr. but did release his photograph when they were looking for him.
In the unrelated case, Clemens said later Monday afternoon that Beaudion Jr. was being held for attempted kidnapping and aggravated assault for the Jan. 1 incident around 3 a.m. near the Hy-Vee store in eastern Sioux Falls. He is accused of threatening a woman with a knife when she was opening the door to her vehicle. He pushed her to the passenger's seat and tried to drive away, but his effort failed, the charges say. He eventually ran away, Clemens said.
Beaudion Jr. was identified through surveillance footage, Clemens said. The investigations into both incidents continue.