SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say tattoos on the body of a South Dakota woman found in a river in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula helped identify her because she had been dismembered.
Prosecutors have charged Stephen Falkenberg with killing 46-year-old Tamara LaFramboise in Yankton, South Dakota and dumping her body in Menominee County, Michigan not far from where Falkenberg’s brother lives. Authorities say the victim’s head, hands and feet remain missing.
Court documents say Falkenberg told his sister in South Dakota that he dismembered LaFramboise’s body in an attempt to conceal her identity. Her body was found Saturday.
A probable cause affidavit says Falkenberg told his sister he had an argument with LaFramboise at her Yankton apartment and that he pushed her, she hit her head and died. It was not immediately clear if Falkenberg has hired an attorney.