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Body of Colorado woman missing since June found by South Dakota rancher in field


BELLE FOURCHE, South Dakota — Authorities in western South Dakota say the body of a 24-year-old Colorado woman who was swept up in flood waters while driving last summer has been found.

Butte County Sheriff Fred Lamphere says an area rancher found the body of Kristen Lakin in a field while working cattle on Easter Sunday. She was found about seven miles downstream from where she disappeared on June 17.

Lakin, of Grand Junction, Colorado, was traveling south on Highway 85 from North Dakota with 57-year-old Roxanne Bleibaum when their SUV was hit with a flash flood from a surging Battle Creek.

Bleibaum survived and was able to walk back to the highway the same day.

Authorities searched for Lakin for weeks last summer without any luck.

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