Lakota Rae Renville

Lakota Rae Renville was a 22-year-old woman and member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. She was the daughter of Julie Keeble Watts and the stepdaughter of Norman K. Watts. Lakota no longer lived with her parents, however, and she had moved to Kansas City to be with a man that she met online.

On October 16th, 2005, Lakota’s body was found wrapped in a Southwestern Style blanket in an open gravel lot close to Pitcher Road, Independence, Missouri.

Lakota Renville and the rug she was found wrapped in. Credit: Facebook / Lakota Renville: Unsolved Homicide

The authorities investigating Lakota’s murder have kept the details surrounding their investigation close to their chest, but what we do know is that Lakota was beaten and stabbed to death, with investigators describing her murder as “brutal” and “vicious”.

There was also some physical evidence and DNA that was retrieved from the crime scene, and a few men were questioned in connection with the murder. But there have not been any matches for the DNA that was recovered, nor have any suspects been named in Lakota’s case.

It has also been suggested that Lakota was being sex trafficked along Independence Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. The last man who exploited her was interviewed by police, but he was later cleared of any involvement in Lakota’s murder.

Whoever killed Lakota stole and used her mobile phone in an attempt to throw the police. They made over 50 phone calls, each being around a minute long, with the killer not speaking in any of the phone calls.

The police did track down the people the killer called, but none were found to have any connection to Lakota or her murder. It seemed as though the phone calls were completely random, and were really just a ploy to throw the police off.

The police believe that Lakota was killed somewhere else and then dumped at the location she was found at. It is also unclear as to when Lakota was last seen or heard from, and how long she had been missing before she was found deceased.

At the time of writing this, Lakota’s murder is still unsolved. Lakota and her family deserve justice and answers.

Do you know who was responsible for Lakota’s murder?

Lakota Renville. Credit: Justice for Native Women


Unsolved, True Crime, Murder, Homicide, Unsolved Case, Cold Case, Missouri, 2005, 2000s, Mystery, Lakota Renville

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