- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

PLATTE, S.D. (AP) - The Charles Mix County sheriff says investigators have recovered the last of six bodies from a South Dakota home that burned to the ground.

Sheriff Randy Thaler says that investigators aided by cadaver-searching dogs from Codington County completed their search of the home near Platte on Friday. He says they are confident all victims have been recovered.

Thaler offered no comment on a suspected cause.

Firefighters were called to the home of Scott and Nicole Westerhuis early Thursday after a passer-by reported the blaze. Authorities did not immediately name the fire victims, but Platte-Geddes School Superintendent Joel Bailey says local agencies informed him that the family had perished.

He says the children killed were Kailey, a third-grader; Jaeci, a fifth-grader; Connor, an eighth-grader; and Michael, a high school sophomore.



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