Bureau of Indian Affairs command center is now set up on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Photo courtesy of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.
Published May 18, 2016
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATON— Some 15 volunteer search parties with five to seven people have spread over the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation looking three men American Indian who have been missing since Saturday, May 7, 2016.
One problem is the search area is so big. The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has a land mass as big as the state of Connecticut.
“There are about three million acres on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Search parties have gone out daily seeking for any signs of Juan Lamont, 24, Tevin Tyon, 21, and Tyrell Wilson, 23, who have not used their bank cards or cell phones since they went missing,” says Kevin Yellow Bird Steele, director of public relations for the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
The three men left together to “cruise the rez,” according to LaMont’s mother. They were in a 2006 silver Buick Lacrosse with a South Dakota license plate #F2893.
Search parties have included three planes from the South Dakota civil Air Patrol, private ranches with planes, people on horseback and on ATVs, according to Yellow Bird Steele.
“The reservation is so vast. A car accident has been ruled out. People are searching ravines, old abandoned houses. There are no clues,” says Yellow Bird Steele.
The search now includes the search for a fourth man named Alejandro “Tank” Vasquez, 24, who has also been missing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation since last fall. Vasquez, who is also known as Alex “Tank” Gay was last seen near, Kyle, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation last October 29, 2015.
“Right now it just makes sense to include Vasquez in the search because there has not been closure to his case,” stated Yellow Bird Steele.
“You can never give up to the final outcome,” Yellow Bird Steele added.
If anyone has knowledge about the whereabouts of the four missing men are asked to contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs Command Center at 605-867-3289 or the TIPLINE at 605-867-8167.