SD SD - Delema Lou Sits Poor, 12, Pine Ridge, 1 Feb 1974

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Delema disappeared from Pine Ridge, South Dakota sometime in February 1974. She was walking a back road from Oglala to Manderson, near the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Temperatures were below zero at the time. She never arrived at her destination and has never been heard from again.

Authorities believe Delema is deceased, but her body has never been found and the circumstances of her disappearance are unclear.

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Delema Lou Sits Poor

Went missing
: Feb. 1, 1974

What Happened: Sits Poor was walking to Manderson from Oglala near the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, with her friend on a day when it was near-freezing. During the walk, her friend had frostbite on her fingers and turned back to go home. Sits Poor was never seen again. Police believe she is dead.




 
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Delema, circa 1974
  • Missing Since 02/20/1974
  • Missing From Pine Ridge, South Dakota
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race Native American
  • Date of Birth 11/21/1961 (62)
  • Age 12 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'5, 135 pounds

  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A white down-filled jacket with two brown stripes on each sleeve, brown bell-bottom pants and sneakers.

  • Distinguishing Characteristics Native American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Delema is of Oglala Sioux descent. Her nickname is Babe.

Details of Disappearance​

Delema disappeared from Pine Ridge, South Dakota on February 20, 1974. She and another twelve-year-old girl left Delema's home near Ogallala and were walking a back road from Oglala to Manderson, near the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Temperatures were below zero at the time.

Delema's friend turned back after her hands and feet got frostbitten, but Delema continued towards Manderson. She never arrived at her destination and has never been heard from again. She was a student at the Seventh Day Adventist School between Ogalala and Pine Ridge at the time of her disappearance.

Authorities believe Delema is deceased, but her body has never been found and the circumstances of her disappearance are unclear.


 

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