- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Three men have been charged with first-degree murder and two others face accessory charges after authorities discovered the body of a missing 22-year-old woman buried in a forest in South Dakota’s Black Hills, Rapid City police said Tuesday.

Jessica Rehfeld was last seen with two unknown men on May 18, 2015, in Rapid City. Her body was discovered last Friday buried in one of two remote gravesites dug in a forest near Rockerville, authorities said.

Rapid City police said they believe Rehfeld’s stabbing death was a contract killing. They arrested 26-year-old Jonathon Klinetobe of Sturgis, 24-year-old David Schneider of Rapid City and 35-year-old Richard Hirth of Rapid City on first-degree murder charges. Investigators accused Klinetobe, Rehfeld’s ex-boyfriend, of offering Schneider and Hirth “thousands of dollars” to kill Rehfeld.

Police said two other Rapid City men, Michael Frye, 24, and Garland Brown, 29, are accused of helping Klinetobe move the body to the second gravesite. They were arrested on charges of accessory to first-degree murder.

Attorney information for the five men was not immediately available.

Investigators said they believe that on May 18, 2015, Schneider and Hirth offered to give Rehfeld a ride to where she worked but instead drove her to a secluded service road in northeast Rapid City, where she was stabbed to death. They said Rehfeld’s body was placed in a bag, and the two men picked up Klinetobe at his house before heading to the burial site.

Rapid City Police Capt. James Johns said all of the information came to light in a matter of days after detectives from the police department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office made contact with a witness.

“Hundreds of man-hours were spent over this past weekend to work to understand the details and motivations behind this homicide,” Johns said in a statement.

Police said the case remains an open and active investigation.

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