Ravnsborg crash report, 911 call will be made public

PIERRE, S.D. (By Argus Leader) – The report for an investigation into a fatal crash involving South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg will be made public, officials announced Tuesday.

The South Dakota Secretary of Public Safety Craig Price at a press conference alongside Gov. Kristi Noem Tuesday afternoon said the investigative report, and at some point, the 911 call, would be released “at the appropriate time.”

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is leading the investigation. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been interviewing Ravnsborg and others involved in the crash. A third-party expert from Wyoming is involved in the reconstruction portion of the investigation, Price said.

The medical examination for the victim, 55-year-old Joseph Boever, is being conducted in Ramsay County, Minnesota, as South Dakota’s go-to pathologist was unavailable.

“We shoot to do a good, thorough complete investigation,” Price said, adding the department has “all hands on deck.”

Ravnsborg has not been placed on administrative leave during the investigation. Noem said that was an issue that “hasn’t been addressed yet.”

Noem said North Dakota’s and a third-party crash reconstruction involvement is to add an extra “level of transparency.”

Noem said she couldn’t speak to whether she knew about the statement Ravnsborg released Monday evening, in which Ravnsborg said he thought he hit a deer and found Boever’s body the next morning when he returned to the crash scene.

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