When three young South Dakotans survive a car crash, two of them walk away from the vehicle and aren’t seen again for three months, when their bodies are inexplicably discovered near the site of the crash. Question after question arises as investigators attempt to make sense of one of the most perplexing cases in South Dakota history in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
Sources used to research this episode:
Arnold Archambeau and Ruby Bruguier (Unsolved Mysteries / unsolved.com)
Video: Unsolved Mysteries Season 7, Episode 18 (Unsolved Mysteries via YouTube)
Area Sheriff Leaves Office After 28 Years (The Mitchell Republic)
FBI Closes Case in Strange Deaths of Lake Andes Pair (Sept. 12th, 1999 edition of the Rapid City Journal)
Argus-Leader from Sioux Falls, South Dakota · Page 13 March 5, 1993
The Effect of Body Mass on Outdoor Adult Human Decomposition (Lindsey G. Roberts et al / Journal of Forensic Science)
The Effect of Body Size on Decomposition in a Temperate Region of South Africa (A. Sutherland et al / International Forensic Science Journal)
Weather History for Lake Andes, SD (Farmer’s Almanac)
Argus-Leader from Sioux Falls, South Dakota · Page 2 April 18, 1995 (The Argus-Leader)
Argus-Leader from Sioux Falls, South Dakota · Page 2 March 20, 1993 (The Argus-Leader)
3 thoughts on “UNSOLVED SUSPICIOUS DEATHS: ARNOLD ARCHAMBEAU AND RUBY BRUGUIER”
Did the authorities ever try the keys found on Arnold to the couples house and/or car? The couple the witness said Arnold was with after the accident and even talked to. Also, did they determine the cause of death for both Arnold and Ruby?
Investigators attempted to figure out what the keys went to, but were unable to match them with any buildings or vehicles. The coroner considered exposure to be the cause of death for both Ruby and Arnold. Deputy Youngstrom, who investigated their deaths, believes it’s possible that they froze to death, but is adamant in his belief that regardless of how they died, neither of them died in the ditch where their bodies were eventually found.
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