The search for a missing South Dakota woman has taken to the skies. A highway patrol helicopter flew for three hours Thursday, looking for any traces of 30-year-old Rachel Cyriacks, who was last seen in November. Thursday's search didn't produce any new leads in the case. But more searches by air may be in the works.
The winter snow cover has given way to brown, barren ground in Sanborn County. Law enforcement hopes this sparse and snowless terrain will yield new clues into the whereabouts of Rachel Cyriacks.
"We'd all be tickled if she said hi, I'm here, I'm okay. I have my doubts," Sanborn County Sheriff Tom Fridley said.
Search crews can scan far more territory by air than on the ground. But Thursday's helicopter search from Woonsocket to Huron produced no new leads.
"It is frustrating for me. It's extremely frustrating for the family because they'd like to know," Fridley said.
Cyriacks' neighbors, troubled by her disappearance, are encouraged about the renewed push to find her.
"Whether they turn up anything, or not, it's making an effort to see if they can find something out," neighbor Rian Boschee said.
The sheriff wants to scan as much area as possible before any new vegetation may cover up important clues. So he's asking private pilots to join the search.
"We've even asked those that have an airport that pilots need to get some hours in if they'd fly the Huron-Woonsocket area to get hours, we'll gladly take their assistance," Fridley said.
Cyriacks' relatives are offering a $1,000 reward. A community left to wonder about her disappearance is hoping for some long-awaited answers.
"Just not knowing is hard on everybody," Boschee said.
There are no new plans to send the state helicopter back up in the air to resume the search for Cyriacks. Two months ago, the state sent up an airplane to look for her.