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MURDERED: Candace Rough Surface

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True Crime

4.7352.7K Ratings

🗓️ 6 December 2021

⏱️ 39 minutes

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When young mother goes missing from the reservation border town of Mobridge, South Dakota, investigators struggle to find any leads in the case. A chance discovery along the muddy banks of the Missouri River answers one question. But it’ll take 15 years and a whole lot of chance to finally unravel the mystery of what happened – and why – on one fateful night in 1980.

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0:00.0

Hi, Crime Junkies. I'm your host, Ashley Flowers.

0:03.8

And I'm Britt.

0:04.8

And the story I have for you today is about the senseless murder of a young mother in South

0:09.1

Dakota back in 1980. A murder that would have likely gone unsolved until a bitter divorce

0:16.2

shook loose the lead of a lifetime, along with some uncomfortable truths. This is the story

0:22.6

of Candice Ruff Service.

0:52.6

It's breakfast time on the morning of Saturday, August 3rd in the tiny reservation town of

1:01.6

Kendall South Dakota. And a woman named Alberta Ruff Service is at home with her two-year-old

1:06.9

grandson, Homer. She's got her hands full already, so she's anxious for her daughter Candice,

1:12.3

who everyone just calls Candice, to get home and jump back into mom mode. You see, Candice

1:16.4

had gone out the night before to have some drinks with friends, and Alberta's been watching

1:19.8

Homer for her. And listen, she's happy to help. Like, Candice is a great mom who works hard

1:24.6

to provide for her son. But Alberta knows she's still an 18-year-old who likes to do 18-year-old

1:30.1

things, like heading out for some drinks at the bar with friends.

1:33.7

Wait, at 18?

1:35.1

Yeah, and it's actually on the up and up. According to Brian Bonner's reporting for the

1:38.7

monitor, at least one of the bars in Bowbridge, this one called Joker's Wild, is actually

1:43.8

able to serve low alcohol beer to people as young as 18, so they really like cater to

1:48.6

that market. Anyway, so Candice's plan is to spend the night in this town of Mobridge,

1:53.2

which is about a half an hour from Kennel. But as the day goes on, and Candice still hasn't

1:57.6

come home, Alberta starts to worry. She calls her daughter Clara thinking, you know, if

2:02.4

anyone's gonna know where Candice, it's her. And Clara tells her that she had seen

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