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5-year-old case no longer cold

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ROSEBUD INDIAN RESERVATION, S.D. (KELO) – We are learning a few more details regarding the two people charged in a cold case investigation from 2019.

Just last week, 25-year-old Dillion Millard and 29-year-old Charmaine Medicine were charged in the death of 15-year-old Alize Millard.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement tells KELOLAND News one of the suspects came forward and was arrested last month.

This is a story KELOLAND Investigates has been following since 2019.

It’s been nearly five years since 15-year-old Alize Millard’s body was found hanging from a tree near Grass Mountain on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. At the time, law enforcement said the circumstances surrounding his death didn’t add up, because his body was also burned.

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“Do you believe foul play was involved in his death,” Angela Kennecke with KELOLAND Investigates asked in 2019.

“It’s real suspicious. At this time we don’t have any eyewitnesses who have seen what happened,” Special Agent Robert Sedlmajer with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement said. “So we just have to piece it together. A lot of it is pieced together through the crime scene and DNA evidence possibly left behind. And that’s how we’re going to match people up to who was actually there.

Alize’s grandfather, Peter Gibbs had to identify his body.

“They just unzipped the bag to here. They wouldn’t let me see anymore. I noticed something was around his neck which he doesn’t generally wear. It was a little cord. And I knew it wasn’t his,” Peter Gibbs said.

When KELOLAND News spoke to Alize’s family in 2021, they told us they believed they knew who killed him. But they were left without any solid answers.

“Something is not right here. We’ve given them the information. We’ve even given them the names of the people,” Peter Gibbs said.

Now, five years later, it seems justice could be one step closer for a family dealing with the loss of a boy taken too soon.

“He got to graduate 8th grade. He was going to be a freshman,” Alize’s mother, Jamie Millard. said.

“His smile,” Alize’s grandmother Mary Gibbs cried. “He was always smiling. He never had a bad day. He was good to people. He was a special kid.”

Dillion Millard and Charmaine Medicine have both been charged with first-degree murder and evidence tampering for allegedly burning Alize’s body.

Written by: The Dam Rock Station

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