Police investigate WA couple who drove to South Dakota with dead girl in back of U-Haul

Police in Mitchell, South Dakota are investigating a couple who traveled from Washington state with the body of a dead 8-year-old girl.

According to the Mitchell Police Department (MPD), 28-year-old Aleksander Kurmoyarov and 33-year-old Mandie Miller had driven a U-haul trailer with a coffin containing the body of the girl, who had been adopted by the woman arrested. 


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Authorities say the couple told the Davison County Coroner they were traveling from Airway Heights, just west of Spokane, to Pine Ridge.

The couple told investigators the girl died in the fall, but they gave investigators different dates. Kurmoyarov said she died a little before Halloween, Miller said she died on Sept. 10.


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Kurmoyarov also told investigators the reason they did not tell anyone about the death, was that the couple wanted to spend more time with her, and were concerned they would "get in trouble."

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The MPD said both were charged with failing to notify law enforcement of the death of a child and the investigation is ongoing.


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The MPD is also working closely with the Airway Heights Police Department (AHPD).

"I want to be careful and cognoscente to try to protect the integrity of the investigation," said AHPD Chief Brad Richmond. "We want to make sure this child has justice."


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Law enforcement in Washington state have filed an arrested warrant in Airway Heights in the investigation. The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office is seeking charges for second-degree murder, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and first-degree criminal mistreatment.

The Davison County Jail confirmed that the man and woman were being held. It was not clear whether they had legal representation.


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This is a developing story.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.