UPDATE 2014: Judge Jeff Davis sentenced Matthew to a life sentence without parole at a hearing in the Fall River County Courthouse last Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, according to the Hot Springs Star. Forensic DNA showed Catherine’s blood with with Matthew’s on a pair of jeans. The jeans were found in his dorm room at National American University along with a stolen .22 caliber Browning rifle with a home-made silencer in the drop down ceiling of his dorm room. Collected evidence also showed Catherine’s blood on a sheet of siding found outside her residence and inside the hose of her CPAP machine. Authorities believed she was shot and died in her bed after two .22 caliber bullets were found in her bed.
Catherine is still missing.
Catherine Tornquist, 56, was last seen early Oct. 5 in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Catherine’s friend Don Lytle, who has known Catherine for 7 years, said he last saw Catherine on October 4 after they spent the day going to thrift stores.
Catherine had told him he was going to Rapid City to pick up a motor home at Midstates Camper the next day.
Catherine’s son, Matthew was waiting for his mother to pick him up so they could both go to get her motor home, but when she never showed up. Matthew called Don and Don reported Catherine missing.
Catherine’s car was found at her home in Hot Brook Canyon, but the motor home was not. Don said he talked to employees at Midstates Camper and they said Catherine never showed up for her appointment.If you know the whereabouts of Catherine, please call the Fall River County Sheriff’s Dept at 605-745-4444.