Sheriff's Office Releases Documents in White Buffalo Death

By Omar Villafranca
|  Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012  |  Updated 11:37 PM CDT
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Investigators have released documents, including photos and videos, about the investigation into the death of a rare white buffalo. Investigators concluded the animal died of natural causes.

Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

Investigators have released documents, including photos and videos, about the investigation into the death of a rare white buffalo. Investigators concluded the animal died of natural causes.

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The Hunt County Sheriff's Office released a disc of information about its investigation into the mysterious death of a rare white buffalo.

The buffalo named Lightning Medicine Cloud, which was considered sacred by the Lakota Sioux tribe, was found dead in late April.

The owner of the buffalo, Arby Littlesoldier, said the animal was killed. Investigators concluded that the animal died of natural causes.

The disc of information gives a peek into the investigation. It includes more than 300 pages of investigative notes, police reports, phone records, pictures of the dead buffalo and more than an hour of interviews with Littlesoldier.

The files also show that the owners said the buffalo was skinned, missing pounds of flesh and had its hooves removed. But pictures in the file show that when investigators dug up the buffalo, there were still hooves on the carcass.

The files also contained bank records. Investigators were looking into the donations received by Littlesoldier after news broke that the buffalo was dead.

Littlesoldier did not return calls from NBC 5 for comment.

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