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Hutchinson Co. officials recover stolen gun from creek near Freeman

FREEMAN -- Authorities in Hutchinson County retrieved a firearm Wednesday afternoon from a body of water, ending a month-long search. According to Hutchinson County Deputy Sheriff Maurice Waltner, the sheriff's office received a report of a stole...

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FREEMAN - Authorities in Hutchinson County retrieved a firearm Wednesday afternoon from a body of water, ending a month-long search.

According to Hutchinson County Deputy Sheriff Maurice Waltner, the sheriff's office received a report of a stolen Ruger .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol on July 9 from Freeman and recently received a tip that the firearm was disposed of in a small body of water about 6 miles west and 1 mile south of Freeman.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office began searching the unnamed creek, and Yankton Search and Rescue arrived at 4:30 p.m., Waltner said.

Less than an hour later, authorities found the gun.

The person suspected of stealing the gun is a juvenile, so his name is not being released. The person is not in custody.

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"The gun was stolen, but it wasn't used in a crime or anything like that," Waltner said. "Just for everybody's safety, recovery efforts were used to make sure nobody would ever be hurt by the gun. It wasn't a real big case by any means."

The gun is being kept as evidence by police for upcoming court proceedings, Waltner said.

The Freeman Police Department and South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigations assisted with the investigation.

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