Episode 13: The Last Walk Home

In 1943, Lt. Naomi Cheney came to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to serve her country during World War II. Instead, her unsolved murder became the oldest in Sioux Falls history when she took her last walk home.

Lt. Naomi Cheney in uniform. Courtesy of the Argus-Leader.
WAC Advertisement During World War II
Sioux Falls Police Chief Fred J. Searls examines Cheney’s visor cap. Courtesy of the Argus-Leader


Body of Brunette Lieutenant Found Near Viaduct Here. Argus-Leader, 10/6/1943

Death Probe Goes Slowly in WAC Case. Argus-Leader, 10/7/1943

Suspect Held in Sioux Falls WAC Murder. Rapid City Journal, 10/8/1943

Blood, Hair Examined As Likely Clues. Argus-Leader, 10/8/1943

Cabin Probed For Clues in WAC Slaying. Argus-Leader, 10/9/1943

Same Store Brand Found On WAC’s Tie. Argus-Leader, 10/10/1943

Coroner Probe Of WAC Death Opens Tuesday. Argus-Leader, 10/11/1943

Jury Retires to Make Study of Testimony. Argus-Leader, 10/12/1943

Bellafaire, Judith A. The Women’s Army Corps: A Commemoration of World War II Service. CMH Publication 72-15. https://history.army.mil

Theory Offered in WAC Mystery. Rapid City Journal, 10/12/1943

Coroner’s Jury Finds WAC Met Death By Murder. The Daily Plainsman, 10/13/1943

Man Freed As Suspect In WAC Case. The Daily Argus-Leader, 10/27/1943

Grudge Viewed Likely Motive in WAC’s Death. The Daily Argus-Leader, 11/19/1943

Soothsayers Quizzed in WAC Murder. The Daily Argus-Leader, 11/23/1943

Seers Sought in  WAC Murder. Rapid City Daily Journal, 11/24/1943

Officers End Probe on WAC. The Daily Argus-Leader, 11/27/1943

Trautmann, Mike. Officer believes he knows 1943 murderer. Argus-Leader, 10/4/1993

Nelson, Katie. South Dakota’s unsolved mysteries: 5 to remember. Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 12/13/2018





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