UPDATE: Controlled lockdown underway at Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen as police look for wanted man

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ABERDEEN, S.D. (KELO) — As of 11:30 a.m., Avera St. Luke’s is in a controlled lockdown while Aberdeen authorities look for a wanted man.

The facilities will remain on heightened alert with additional security at main entrances and administrators will round with leaders.

Earlier Friday morning, the Aberdeen Police Department believed Ronald Dale Elkins was on or near the hospital campus. After a police investigation, it was determined he is likely not in the area. Police say a cell phone linked to Elkins pinged near the St. Luke’s facility, but was ultimately determined to be in another’s possession.

Police say a lockdown at Aberdeen Roncalli Elementary School has been lifted.

Elkins, 35, is believed to be driving a 1999 gold Ford F150 SD #78511V stolen from Brookings.


11:11 a.m.

The Aberdeen Police department says two businesses in town are under lockdown as of Friday morning.

Avera St. Luke’s and all YMCA facilities have been on a lockdown since shortly after 10 a.m.

Police believe a man officers are looking to find may be in the area of the hospital. Authorities say Ronald Dale Elkins, 35, Aberdeen, who has a Brown County warrant.

Elkins is believed to be driving a 1999 gold Ford F150 SD #78511V stolen from Brookings, South Dakota.

If you see Elkins or the vehicle, call 911. Do not approach as he is believed to be armed.

Those with appointments at the hospital or clinics should not plan on attending until the all clear is given.

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