A Look Back At Some South Dakota Cold Cases

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Cold cases looking for hot leads- right now there are 30 open unsolved deaths or disappearances with ties to South Dakota, leaving families of the missing wondering and waiting for answers.

Of those cases, one of the most recent ones is the death of Alicia Hummel. Hummel’s body was found close to a boat dock in Clay County on June 1, 2015. Authorities called her death a homicide. An autopsy showed that she died because she drowned. But she also had injuries on her head and a cut to her neck.  Investigators still have no suspects.

It’s been nearly four years since Rachel Cyriacks was last seen in Woonsocket. Her pickup was eventually found in Huron, and investigators determined that her disappearance was suspicious. While investigators have followed various leads, Cyriacks has yet to be found.

Then there’s the case of Pamela East Halverson of Sioux Falls. Her body was found in the trunk of her car back in 1999. She had taken a protection order out against her boyfriend, Gary Javers, saying he threatened to kill her. Javers has never been called a suspect in the case, but he hasn’t been ruled out, either.

And answers do eventually come. After more than 40 years of wondering and investigating, the case of Sherri Miller and Pam Jackson was solved when a Studebaker was pulled from a Union County creek with their remains inside. Investigators say the crash caused their death.




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