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Body found in Fort Thompson believed to be missing teenage girl

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 A body was found in the town of Fort Thompson on the Crow Creek Reservation Friday morning by two teenage boys.   

The community believes the body is that of missing 15-year-old Shauntae Hope Marks.  

Marks has been missing for more than 5 months; her family last saw her on Friday, May 4, at her home in Fort Thompson.   

The Center for Missing and Exploited Children identifies Marks as an endangered teen saying she was upset over a relationship and said she was going to hurt herself.  

The community refers to the area where the body was found as the sand pit.  It's located right down the street from Marks's home.  

People who live in the area also say a lot of people walk or drive through the sand pit—it's the wooded area just off a residential street.   

The city conducted a thorough search of the entire area when Marks first went missing in May; however, some members of Marks's family believe she has been in the sand pit the whole time.   

There are a lot of unanswered questions right now:   

We don't know how long the body has been in the area.   

We also don't know if the body is Marks.   

Authorities have not given us any answers yet but the family said the body is in Rapid City for an autopsy.  It's unclear if the family has spoken to authorities yet or not.  

The Fort Thompson police did say the FBI is handling the case.  They have not released an official statement at this time.  

We will continue to monitor this story and update you when we receive an official report from authorities.

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