Death of Seth Gibbons in Whiteclay

Obituary from the Rapid City Journal, August 6, 2004

Seth W. Gibbons MANDERSON – Seth W. Gibbons, 51, Manderson, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, in White Clay, Neb. Survivors include three sons, Robert Kills Enemy, Cameron Ghost and Victor Afraid of Hawk, all of Manderson; one daughter, Linda Torres, Scottsbluff, Neb.; three brothers, Carl Shott and Irving Jumping Eagle, both of Manderson, and Donroy Big Crow, Allen; and one sister, Brynda Jumping Eagle, Manderson. A one-night wake will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, at St. Agnes Church Hall in Manderson. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the church hall, with the Rev. Pat Malone officiating. Burial will be at St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery in Manderson. Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge is in charge of arrangements.

The following correspondence addressed to Nebraska State Sen. Don Preister was from Michael E. Behm, Executive Assistant, Superintendent’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol

Here is the information I have tracked down on the question raised about the man found dead in Whiteclay:

On August 3, 2004 at about 5:30 am, a native man named Seth Tibbits [sic] [Gibbons], dob: 9/9/52, was found dead by two people he was sleeping with in a garage in Whiteclay.

He had been placed into jail in Pine Ride on August 2, at about 1:00 am and was released at 7:00 am. He was seen by people getting a ride to Whiteclay at 9:00 am on August 2nd. Mr. Tibbits [sic] was last seen alive in the late afternoon early evening of Aug. 2 in Whiteclay.

People who knew Mr. Tibbits [sic] told the sheriff he had been bleeding from the mouth and nose the past month or so. An autopsy was conducted 8-3-04. The Sheridan County Sheriff handled the investigation and the State Patrol assisted with the autopsy. The county attorney was handling all press releases. The preliminary autopsy results show he died of internal bleeding caused by acute alcoholism.

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