South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (R) told the Hyde County Sheriff's Office that he hit a deer on Saturday night, but it turned out to be a man, according to the Department of Public Safety in a Rapid City Journal report.
Jason Ravnsborg, 44, told police he had hit a deer while driving home from a fundraising event for the Republican Party on Saturday night. This time, Ravnsborg said, they found Boever's body.
The crash took place west of Highmore, in central South Dakota, and Noem said law enforcement is "working on identifying the deceased and notifying the family".
Mr Ravnsborg released a statement on Sunday night addressing the incident.
An investigation has been launched and will be overseen by Cabinet Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety Craig Price.
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He said he stopped and used the flashlight on his phone to look around his vehicle in the dark, but saw nothing other than damage to his auto and believed he had hit a large animal.
"I'm deeply saddened by the tragic nature of these events and my heartfelt condolences go out to the Boever family", Ravnsborg said in a statement.
Victor Nemec, the last known person to see Boever, said that besides answering a few brief questions when he identified the body, investigators have not questioned him about what happened.
Boever's cousins, Nick and Victor Nemec, told the Rapid City Journal that Boever had left his Ford pickup truck on the side of the highway Saturday morning after driving into the roadside ditch and hitting a bale of hay.
According to Daily Mail, Ravnsborg was coming back from a Republican fundraiser when he hit the man who has been identified as Joseph Boever. The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, which would normally be involved, is part of the attorney general's office. According to the Argus Leader, Ravnsborg has a history of speeding and other minor traffic violations. Boever told his cousin that he had been reaching for some tobacco. Investigators have not released any details on the accident.