‘Person of interest’ arrested in homicide of Duchesne County woman

Sukakee Manyhides. Photo: Hullinger Mortuary

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Aug. 31, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A man described as a “person of interest” in the Duchesne County homicide of 20-year-old Sukakee Manyhides has been “taken into custody without incident in Salt Lake County,” the Utah office of the FBI announced Thursday.

The arrest of Drew Black, 33, was made Wednesday evening, according to the Utah FBI statement. Already in tribal custody in connection with Manyhides’ death is Zhondee Nephi, 30, of Fort Duchesne.

Manyhides’ body was found on Aug. 23 on a road northwest of Whiterocks, in Duchesne County.

A full obituary for Manyhides was published on the Hullinger Mortuary website:

Sukakee Floydina Bullethead Manyhides, age 20, of Ft. Duchesne, passed away August 23, 2017. She was born January 8, 1997, in Roosevelt, to Wayne P. Manyhides and Terry Marie Martinez.

Sukakee was a happy and fun loving person who enjoyed going to the mountains with her beloved grandfather where they would hunt and fish together.  She liked to draw, listen to music, and joke around.

Sukakee is survived by her mother, Terry Martinez; grandmother, Alice Serawop, siblings, Gregory Jr., Grant, & Mahalia Checora; Evander, KereeMarie, Eagle, & Santana Cuch; Doncie Checora; aunts and uncles, Delaine (Jack) Sixkiller, Delphine James, Valentino James, Marlo (Chris) Viveros, Bobby Appawora, Garrett, Leal, Alice, & Melanie Martinez; Roberta Runningwolf, Phyllis Dine Manyhides, Phillip Manyhides, Bernard Red Tomahawk, Jenny Manyhides, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives here and in Montana and Canada.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne; her brother, Rainey Manyhides; her grandparents, Floydina and Ramon Appawora, Rick Martinez; uncle, Floyd James and niece, Turqoise Floydina Christensen.

A viewing for Manyhides was held on Aug. 28, after which her body was to be transported to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation to be buried in the Manyhides Cemetery in Browning Montana.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Bureau of Indian Affairs dispatch at 435-722-2012, the BIA’s anonymous tipline at 435-725-2611, the FBI at 435-789-2112 or the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office at 435-738-0196.



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