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Body of rape victim was found 1 month after report

FARGO (AP) - Investigators say the body of a woman who was raped and murdered on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation was not discovered until a month after a drunk and agitated witness told police she was lying in tall grass west of Fort Yates.

Twenty-nine-year-old Lance Summers, of Fort Yates, has pleaded not guilty to murder and sexual abuse in the slaying of 38-year-old Natalie White Lightening of Cannon Ball.

White Lightening was last seen on March 17. Her body was discovered on April 22 by two people walking through the heavily vegetated area.

A recently unsealed affidavit says a 17-year-old boy who had been drinking with Summers that day told police there was a woman lying in the field.

Officers searched the area in darkness and were unable to find anyone.

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