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Police: Abducted Sioux Falls woman was strangled

January 9, 2020 GMT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An abducted Sioux Falls woman whose body was found this week was strangled and her death was ruled a homicide, police said Thursday.

Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens said the cause of 20-year-old Pasqalina Badi’s death was ruled asphyxia by manual strangulation.

Police say Badi was abducted from a Walmart parking lot on Sunday morning. Her body was found Monday on a gravel road south of Sioux Falls.

A 19-year-old man remains a suspect in the case but has not been charged, Clemens said. The man appeared in court Wednesday for an attempted New Year’s Day kidnapping and aggravated assault. His bail is set at $250,000 cash.

Police are still trying to determine if Badi and the suspect knew each other, and are still trying to determine a motive, Clemens said.