Both missing cousins found deceased near Manderson
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Both missing cousins found deceased near Manderson

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Missing cousins Robert "RJ" Kills Enemy (left) and Vincent Steve Little Dog have been found deceased in the hills north of Manderson.

A rancher searching for a missing cow made a discovery that is believed to have resolved a mystery in the hills north of Manderson.

After going missing more than two months ago, cousins Robert "RJ" Kills Enemy Jr. and Vincent "Stevie" Little Dog are believed to have been found deceased. Kills Enemy Jr. was found this weekend and Little Dog was found nearby today.

Oglala Lakota County Sheriff Joe Herman said his department helped coordinate the search operation and he said the identification of the men is preliminary.

"The tribe is doing the investigation and autopsies," Sheriff Herman said. "That is when we will know for sure. But there are several indications that it is very likely the missing young men."

About a month ago, some clothes were found that belonged to the men. Sheriff Herman said many organizations and individuals volunteered their time to search for 30 days with drones, horses, ATVs and other tools.

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