KEYSTONE, S.D. — A South Dakota woman continues to seek answers four years after the death of her friend.

Nancy Herman, 67, has refused to give up hope that she’ll find out what happened to her friend, Meshell Will, 38, whose remains were discovered in Keystone in August 2013, the Rapid City Journal reported.

Herman said she met Will in February 2013, when Will was volunteering at Women Escaping A Violent Environment, a shelter for female victims of abuse. She had spoken to Will two days before she was last seen in Keystone.

Now, Herman has saved over $1,000 for a reward and regularly calls case investigators to check for updates.

“They probably think I’m a big pain,” said Herman, a retired employee of the shelter.

Herman has also created a social media page where she posts updates in the case.

“I want justice for Meshell,” Herman said.

Herman said she also wants answers about the case for Will’s two teenage sons.

Earlier this month, Herman and Will’s aunt sought help from the Vidocq Society, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that provides free assistance to police investigating cold-case homicides.

Corey Brubakken, head of investigations at the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, said Will’s case hasn’t been classified as a homicide yet because the cause of death hasn’t been determined. He said investigators will look into any leads that might explain Will’s death.

“The suspiciousness is we can’t put those pieces of that last few hours of her life together,” Brubakken said. “We have a pretty good time line up until she’s last seen. We don’t have an explanation as to why she ended up in the location that she ended up and her body was as decomposed as it was.”

Authorities are offering $5,000 to anyone with information that can help solve the case. Brubbaken said he hopes the money will be an incentive for people to come forward.


Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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