Pierre Police Identify Body Discovered In Car Submerged In Missouri River

(KCCR) — The Pierre Police Department has released the name of the person found inside a car that was submerged in the Missouri River. The vehicle was recovered after a South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks side-scan sonar unit detected a possible vehicle in the water near the exit area of Down’s Marina in Pierre….

“What I can tell you is, we’ve identified the body of the person found inside the vehicle as 30 year-old Corinne White Thunder, whose last known address was in Pierre.”

Captain Bryan Walz with the Pierre Police Department says White Thunder hasn’t been heard from in nearly a year and a half…

“Through our preliminary investigation we learned that she was last seen in Pierre in early December of 2017.  She was not reported to us as a missing person and we do a search of N-C-I-C which is the National Crime Information Center, which lists missing persons among other things and she was not listed as a missing person.”

Walz says the investigation into how White Thunder and the vehicle ended up in the river is far from over…

“We’re going to try and work back to her..the last known time she was seen which was the December of 2017.  We’re going to ask any individuals with any information who may have seen her during that time frame to come forward and contact us.  Our detectives are going to have to work, like I said, work this case from what we know now, back to December of 2017.”

One of the biggest questions for police is how the vehicle was not discovered for so long in such a heavily used area in Pierre…

“Yeah, its something we’ve all been asking ourselves.  It’s…it’s odd, but we live in an odd kind of job, so there’s nothing surprising us anymore.  It’s just one of those things where most people just don’t activate their graphs prior to exiting from the marina and entering the main channels so this one time, one person decided to do that and mark the vehicle.”

The cause of White Thunder’s death is still pending and Walz says it is too early in the investigation to determine if the death is criminal in nature or accidental. The Pierre Police Department Crime Tips line is 605-773-7420.