Investigating Cold Cases

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Losing a loved one or living without them is never easy, but some families and friends are still waiting to find out what actually happened to the people they care about. 

KELOLAND News recently sat down with Attorney General Marty Jackley. He says there are about 30 unsolved deaths or disappearances with ties to South Dakota. 

South Dakota’s cold case unit was started in 2004. 

The federally-funded unit helped put fresh eyes on unsolved cases in South Dakota. 

Today that group is no more after the funding ended in 2008, but the Department of Criminal investigation still has eyes on cold cases. 

“We don’t have a specific unit, but we dedicate resources. We have a DCI agent that’s primary responsibility is cold cases,” Attorney General Marty Jackley said. 

Still, outside help is critical. 

“We rely so heavily on our sheriffs, our chiefs, and really the general public to bring forth evidence and ideas so that we can move things forward,” Jackley said. 

Stacy Thennis is hoping someone will come forward in her mother’s case. She never found out what happened to her mom, Pam Dunn, after she disappeared from her Watertown apartment in 2001. 

“I keep praying and hoping that one day our questions will be answered,” Stacy Thennis said. 

Here’s where you can help in the case of Pam Dunn and several other cold cases with connection to KELOLAND. 

“We just encourage the public, if you have ideas, if you’re comfortable with your sheriff, let them know, your chief of police, an office, the attorney general,” Jackley said. 


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