Police: Search turns up 'areas of interest' in missing woman case

Updated 3:57 p.m. Nov. 13.

Sioux Falls police say Wednesday's search for the remains of Ellabeth Lodermeier has turned up some "areas of interest."

With the use of two cadaver dogs, police searched a wooded area in southeastern Sioux Falls, just along the Big Sioux River. Police spokesman Sam Clemens said those areas of interest would be further investigated.

The 25-year-old Sioux Falls woman went missing back in 1974.

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Sioux Falls police are bringing in a cadaver dog in an attempt to breathe new life into the investigation into a 45-year-old cold case.

Ellabeth Lodermeier was reported missing in 1974, and investigators believe she is dead. Police have followed a number of leads over the years, but have not made any arrests.

A search team with a cadaver dog will meet near Highway 42 and the Big Sioux River Wednesday morning, according to Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens. The search will take place along the river near the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum.

Clemens said Lodermeier's purse was found in the area back in 1992.