Feb 06, 2020 3:20 PM

Nebraska man guilty in murder of woman found in burned car

Posted Feb 06, 2020 3:20 PM

A Norfolk, Nebraska, man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a South Dakota woman whose body was found in a burned car on the Santee Sioux Reservation in Nebraska.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 48-year-old Joseph Lloyd James on Wednesday entered the guilty plea to first-degree murder in federal court in Omaha.

His plea agreement mandates a life sentence. James was arrested in the November 2018 stabbing and strangulation death of 59-year-old Phyllis Hunhoff, of Yankton.

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Feb 06, 2020 3:20 PM
Missing Michigan children located by Nebraska Troopers

LINCOLN — Nebraska State Troopers have recovered two Michigan children who had been reported missing and potentially endangered. The children were found while traveling with their parents on Interstate 80 near York.

The Nebraska State Patrol received information on the missing children from the Battle Creek Police Department in Michigan. At approximately 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, troopers were able to locate Karley Dunkelberger, 9, and Bentley Dunkelberger, 7, in a Ford E350 at a gas station in York. The children were with their parents.

The children, who were the subject of an Endangered Missing Alert issued in Colorado last week, were placed with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. They will be returned to the proper authorities in Michigan.

Their mother, Rebecca Dunkelberger, 37, of Battle Creek, Michigan, was arrested for outstanding warrants. Their father, Dennis Dunkelberger, was released.

The Battle Creek Police Department, Michigan State Police, Colorado Bureau of Investigations, Department of Health and Human Services, York County Sheriff’s Office, and Nebraska State Patrol all contributed in this effort.