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    SD - Jolene Haas, 22, Rapid City, 10 Nov 1975

    November 10, 1975
    A RCPD detective and DCI special agent went to the Delroy Motel at 3737 Sturgis Road to check on a witness they had been working with. The investigators found 22-year-old Jolene Haas deceased in her motel room, with multiple stab wounds.


    Haas grew up in Iowa, and met AJ Rippatoe in Ft. Dodge. She moved with Rippatoe to Sioux City, where she began working as a prostitute. She was deeply involved in the drug culture and outlaw motorcycle gangs in Sioux City, and eventually worked as an informant for the Sioux Falls Police Department. Her assistance led to the incarceration of numerous offenders, including Rippatoe.


    Haas was scheduled to testify against several suspects in the fall of 1975. She continued working with law enforcement, and was moved to Sturgis. While in Sturgis, Haas was beaten and raped by three males trying to purchase drugs from her. The rape case also remains unsolved. Two days after the rape, Haas moved to the Delroy Motel in Rapid City, where she lived for a month before her murder.


    The investigation into her death was conducted as a joint effort by the Rapid City Police Department, Pennington County Sheriff's Office, and SD Division of Criminal Investigation. Numerous suspects were interviewed, and several promising leads turned cold. One suspect bragged to others about finding and killing Haas for money. He denied killing Haas to police, and a polygraph examination confirmed his statement.


    Another possible suspect was found murdered and buried in a cornfield in North Sioux City in 1977. James Cowell, a member of the El Forestos Motorcycle Gang, was charged in the suspect's murder, along with his girlfriend and two mechanics. All leads in the murder of Jolene Haas have been exhausted, and the case remains unsolved.

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    Rapid City Police Department hires cold case investigator
    RCPD admin. reserves room in budget for part-time cold case investigator
    Katy Urban, Good Morning KOTA Territory/Noon News Anchor, katyurban@kotatv.com
    POSTED: 09:23 AM MST Feb 19, 2015 UPDATED: 12:00 AM MST Feb 22, 2015

    RAPID CITY S.D. - Robert Ghost Bear, 45, was murdered on the train tracks in north Rapid City in March of 2012.

    Carl Bordeaux, 40, was killed in a violent attack with a knife at his northside apartment in January 2009.

    Jolene Haas, 22, was murdered in 1975 in Rapid City at the Del Roy Motel.

    These are just a few of the cases Rapid City Police cold case investigator Wayne Keefe is working on.

    His first order of business: taking old paper files and digitizing them. "Many of the documents are handwritten documents. It involves some work deciphering people's handwriting for one thing," Keefe said.

    Keefe is looking at cases that date back decades. One is from 1948.

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    http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/loc...febca608b.html

    Haas, 22, was found dead with multiple stab wounds at the former Delroy Motel on Sturgis Road. At the time, she had been working with local law enforcement as a witness. Haas had been involved in the drug culture and outlaw motorcycle gangs as a prostitute in Sioux City, Iowa. She later became an informant for the Sioux Falls Police Department, which led to the imprisonment of several offenders.



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