UPDATED 5:30 p.m.

VERMILLION, S.D. | Authorities say Alicia Hummel's death is being treated as a homicide.

"At this time, we are following up on a lot of leads. I think it would be premature to say we have a suspect at this time," Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe said at a news conference in Vermillion.

Hummel's husband, Tony, is not a suspect at this time, Howe said.

Hummel's husband, Tony, did not wish to comment when reached by phone Tuesday afternoon.

During the news briefing at the Clay County Courthouse, Howe shared few new details in the case.

No cause of death has been reported. An autopsy was performed Tuesday, but results were not immediately available, he said.

The sheriff said authorities continue to search for a dark-colored sedan with tinted windows and a loud exhaust system that may be tied to the death.

Hummel's body was discovered about 3 p.m. Monday near a boat dock in remote part of Clay County by others using a recreation area along the Missouri River. Her vehicle was found parked next to the dock at Myron Grove, also known as the Highline Area of Clay County, located about seven miles west of Vermillion. 

Howe said Hummel's cell phone has not been located.


UPDATED 3:50 P.M.

SIOUX CITY | Alicia Hummel was always happy, a dedicated volunteer with the Sioux City Roller Dames roller derby team, the team's coach said.

"She was a nice gal, always smiling and giggling, helping do whatever she could," said Melissa Dittberner, Roller Dames coach.

Dittberner said Hummel had originally started as a skater with the team, but later worked as a non-skating official, helping set up for bouts and supporting the team in other ways.

Hummel had taught Early Head Start classes for infants and toddlers since 2013 at the Siouxland Family Center in Dakota City. Officials there said they could not comment beyond that.

Hummel's husband, Tony, did not wish to comment when reached by phone Tuesday afternoon.


UPDATED 11 A.M.

VERMILLION, S.D. | Law enforcement will conduct a press conference at 5 p.m. today at the Clay County Courthouse in Vermillion regarding the investigation of the death of Alicia Hummel.


VERMILLION, S.D. | Authorities are seeking the public's help to provide information that may with the investigation of the suspicious death of a Sioux City woman.

The body of Alicia Hummel, 29, was found Monday afternoon near the boat dock at Myron Grove, also known as the Highline Area of Clay County, located about seven miles west of Vermillion along the Missouri River.

Authorities have yet to release the cause of death.

"It did appear suspicious, given the nature of the scene down there," said Vermillion Police Capt. Chad Passick.

Passick said Hummel's body was found at about 3 p.m. by others using the park.

Authorities are asking for the public's help with information on any suspicious activity in the area from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Monday. The suspicious activity may have involved a dark-colored sedan with tinted windows and a loud exhaust system.

"At this point, we obviously still are putting the pieces together," Passick said. "Early reports indicate that a vehicle fitting that description was in the area. We're hoping the people in that vehicle might have information that would be helpful."

More information could be released later Tuesday as the investigation continues, Passick said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Clay County Sheriff's Office at (605) 677-7100.

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