Body Found in Garage Identified as Missing South Dakota Woman

Authorities confirmed the body that was found in a Sioux Falls garage in South Dakota Tuesday afternoon is that of Angela Armstrong, who was last seen earlier this month after leaving her home.

An autopsy conducted on Wednesday by the Minnehaha County Medical Examiner and Coroner’s office positively identified the 44-year-old woman, who was found in an apartment’s garage next to her SUV on the south side of Sioux Falls.

The coroner’s office did not determine a manner and cause of death following the autopsy. A police spokesman said in a news release obtained by the Argus Leader they have not identified any “obvious trauma” or “suspicious circumstances” surrounding her death.

“Authorities do not believe there was any indication of foul play, and the community is in no danger whatsoever,” the release stated.

The family of Armstrong shared the news shortly after her body was found on the Facebook page “Missing Angela Armstrong,” which was set up to update the public with information.

“It is with broken hearts that we share with you today that Angie Armstrong, mother, daughter, and friend was found deceased,” the family wrote. “She was full of love, hope, and life. She was our treasure. As we honor her memory and all of the joy that she brought to us, we want to thank you for your love, support, and encouragement as we made our way through the last few weeks.”

“In honor of Angie, we ask you to share love and kindness with those near you. Let’s make this world a better place in her honor,” the post continued.

Armstrong was a mother of three children, with two of her youngest still living at her home. Before she left her house on the evening of June 3 she told her son she would be back later. When she didn’t return that evening, her family reported her missing.

Her children said it was “unlike Angie to leave and not return.” Her two youngest children were looked after by their grandmother following Armstrong’s disappearance.

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Angela Armstrong, 44, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in a file photo. (GoFundMe)

During the search for the missing woman, on several occasions authorities asked for the public’s help in finding her as they had a lack of leads. A resident of the apartments where the vehicle and her body was found said he had seen authorities search areas near the apartments over the last couple of weeks.

One of the major difficulties in the search was that it was not possible for police to enter garages or houses without probable cause, the spokesperson told the Argus Leader. A judge later granted a warrant for the search team, he said.

The spokesperson also said it is not clear if Armstrong is connected to the specific apartment building she was located. He did say the garage does not belong to her and the management of the apartment complex notified residents about the investigation.

A GoFundMe page was set up by her family who said they are currently dealing “with the pain of her loss” and struggling to “find the funds to cover the cost of her funeral service and burial.”

“Her children, mother, and friends are absolutely devastated by Angie’s passing,” the page reads.