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Individuals found dead at motel took action to avoid being identified

No foul play is suspected after authorities investigated the deaths of two people found at the Thunderbird Lodge this week.

The Mitchell Police Division on Tuesday morning said a man and a woman were found deceased inside of the motel on Monday morning, and the individuals took actions to avoid being identified. Authorities said the individuals traveled to Mitchell from another state in a U-Haul van. They arrived at the motel at about 10:40 p.m. Saturday.

An autopsy is being conducted today and more information is expected to be released “in the near future,” according to authorities.

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the South Dakota Highway Patrol have assisted with the investigation.