SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - UPDATE, 11 a.m. Jan. 9
Amir Hasan Beaudion, Jr., left, and Pasqalina Esen Badi. Courtesy of Sioux Falls Police Department.
Police have ruled the death of a Sioux Falls woman whose body was found after being reported missing as a homicide.
Twenty-year-old Pasqalina Badi died by asphyxia due to strangulation, according to Sioux Falls police spokesperson Sam Clemens.
Clemens said police have deemed 19-year-old Amir Hasan Beaudion as the primary suspect in the case, though he has not been formally charged. He has been charged in a separate abduction attempt, and is currently in police custody.
Investigators are still trying to figure out a motive in the case. Clemens said it is still unclear whether Beaudion had any prior connection to Badi.
Badi was first reported missing Jan. 6. Her body was later found in a ditch between Sioux Falls and Harrisburg. Investigators say surveillance video shows Beaudion following Badi as she left work Sunday. He then got into the passenger seat of her car before the car drove away.
UPDATE, 4:52 p.m. Jan. 7.
More details have been released involving the disappearance of 20-year-old Sioux Falls woman.
Police said Tuesday the body of Pasqalina Esen Badi was discovered on the side of the road between Sioux Falls and Harrisburg on Monday afternoon. Court documents shed light on events leading up to where Badi was last seen.
According to court documents, Badi was last seen leaving her job near Arrowhead Parkway and Veteran’s Parkway in her vehicle early Sunday morning. Wal-Mart surveillance footage shows Beaudion following Badi to her car, getting into the front passenger seat and leaving the parking lot.
Later Sunday morning, court documents indicate authorities found Badi's vehicle on fire near Aldi Grocery Store near Arrowhead Parkway.
Monday Beaudion was identified as a person of interest in the disappearance of Badi. He was arrested Monday for a similar incident on Jan. 1 and charged with attempted kidnapping and aggravated assault.
Beaudion has not been charged in Badi's disappearance.
Police said Tuesday Badi's body was discovered on the side of the road between Sioux Falls and Harrisburg on Monday afternoon.
UPDATE, 10:40 a.m. Jan. 7
A Sioux Falls woman reported missing this weekend has been found dead.
The body of Pasqalina Esen Badi was found on the side of the road between Sioux Falls and Harrisburg, according to Lt. Terry Matia of the Sioux Falls Police Department. A passerby noticed the body and contacted police.
Matia said police believe they know who the "main person" connected to this case is, but he could not release any other details about the investigation because there could be more people involved. He said there is no danger to the public.
A "person of interest" in the case is in custody, but Matia did not say how he is involved in the case. Nineteen-year-old Amir Hasan Beaudion Jr. was located Monday night.
Matia said no charges have been filed yet in connection to Badi's death.
Badi was last seen leaving her job near Arrowhead Parkway and Veteran’s Parkway in her vehicle early Sunday morning. Her car was found later that night.
Police would not say yet whether or not they believe the case is a homicide. Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy to confirm the manner of death.
UPDATE, 4:30 a.m. Jan. 7
Police say they have located a person of interest sought in connection to a missing Sioux Falls woman.
Nineteen-year-old Amir Hasan Beaudion Jr. was located Monday night, according to Sgt. Robert Foster of the Sioux Falls Police Department.
Monday, police identified Beaudion as a person of interest in the case of Pasqalina Esen Badi, who was last seen Sunday.
Foster said an update on the investigation will be provided later Tuesday morning.
UPDATE 6:17 p.m. Jan. 6
The Sioux Falls Police Department is seeking help from the public to locate a person of interest in an abduction of a 20-year-old woman.
Police have identified 19-year-old Amir Hasan Beaudion, Jr. as a person of interest in the case of Pasqalina Esen Badi, who was last seen Sunday. Police said the incident occurred in the 5500 Block of Arrowhead Parkway during the overnight and early hours of Jan. 5.
If anyone knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call please 911.
Sioux Falls police are looking for a missing 20-year-old woman who was last seen leaving a business near Arrowhead Parkway and Veteran’s Parkway early Sunday morning.
Police said Pasqalina Esen Badi left the business around 5 a.m., walked to her car and drove away. A few hours later on Sunday morning, police said her vehicle was found near Arrowhead Parkway and Foss Avenue.
Badi is around 5’2” tall and 115 pounds. She was wearing a black jacket with a gray hood and stripes on the sleeves, dark-colored pants, and white shoes.
Please call police at 605-367-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 605-367-7007 if you see Badi.