VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A man recently found dead in Victorville was identified by family as missing person TJ Lookinghorse, 30, a resident of South Dakota.
TJ’s family and friends have been searching for him since getting off his bus at the Greyhound bus station on D Street, on July 15, 2019.
According to TJ’s family, he was on a Greyhound bus traveling back home to South Dakota to rejoin his Sioux Tribe. When the bus arrived at the Victorville station, TJ was allegedly bumped off the bus because of overbooking. He was without any money, cell phone, or transportation.
On that same day, TJ borrowed a cell phone and called his mom Glady’s Lookinghorse along with his aunt Beatrice and explained to them what was going on.
That would be the last time anyone would ever hear from TJ.
Over the next several days, tribe members from Nevada and Arizona including TJ’s mom visited the Victor Valley and searched homeless encampments, the riverbed, and many other places, with no luck.
His photo and missing person flyer were circulated widely on social media and in the Victor Valley News Group on Facebook.
On July 22, 2019, a woman called 911 after finding a body in a dirt field, near her home on Loves Lane in Victorville.
The homeowner, Sherry Emerzian spoke to VVNG and said she had been smelling something strange for about a week and a half and was shocked to find a dead man surrounded by several empty beer bottles.
Sheriff’s officials responded to the scene and conducted the investigation and said the manner of death was not known.
Christine Prettybear told VVNG TJ’s mother Glady’s was informed today that a fingerprint scan came back as a positive match.
TJ’s family will now wait for an autopsy that will determine the cause of death. Once his body is released, he will be flown back home to South Dakota.