PREVIEW: Falling Through The Cracks


Their deaths were just a blip on the evening news and then forgotten, by most. 

Every year, people die in South Dakota’s harsh winters, right on the streets in Sioux Falls.  This winter three people died of exposure in the City. KELOLAND’s Angela Kennecke has a preview of her investigation, John Doe, Death Under the Viaduct.

Many organizations in Sioux Falls help the homeless, but there are still those who fall through cracks. 
People like Richard Myers; Myers suffered from mental illness and abused drugs. His family was desperately trying to get him help.

Only Myers wound up drunk under the viaduct on a cold January night and died of exposure. Monday, we look into the circumstances that ultimately led to Myers’ death. 

He just wanted to be accepted. He had a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems, Myers’ mother Michelle Buchholz said. 

While Myers family struggled to get him into treatment, he was let out of one hospital and later died on the streets. Now his family is searching for answers. 

He was brought into the ER after a night on the street as John Doe.

Coming up Monday on KELOLAND News at 6 we have details of where and when people were found out in the cold. Then at 10, we look into Myers’ history and his death and put a face to the faceless, while his family puts a voice to the voiceless. 

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