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Associated Press, Published November 07 2011

Three bodies recovered in fatal slough crash in South Dakota

SISSETON, S.D. – Divers over the weekend recovered the bodies of three women whose vehicle crashed in a South Dakota slough as they were returning from a trip to a North Dakota casino.

Cleone Pewamo, 65, of Sioux Falls, and Alberta Harwood, 47, and Exzilda Seaboy, 54, both of Sisseton, and had been missing for a week. A farmer came across the crash site Saturday afternoon.

“(Pewamo’s) body surfaced, that’s why he found it,” Highway Patrol Lt. Brett Schutt said Monday. “The vehicle was in 10 to 13 feet of water so nobody could see it. It was on a gravel road, obviously not traveled very often.”

Divers located the vehicle Sunday and retrieved the bodies of the other two women.

Authorities said Harwood was driving Oct. 29 when the car went off a county road and into the water about four miles northwest of Claire City. The women were last seen earlier that day at Dakota Magic Casino near Hankinson, N.D., he said.

It was not clear who reported the women missing or if any organized searches had been conducted. Roberts County Sheriff Jay Tasa did not immediately return telephone calls from The Associated Press on Monday.