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Authorities call for help on decade anniversary of Cyriacks case

South Dakota DCI

It has been a decade since Rachel Cyriacks was last seen. That ten-year milestone has prompted authorities to put out yet another call for information on the cold case.

Cyriacks, a wife and mother of two from Woonsocket, was 30 years old on November 13, 2013, when she was last seen near her workplace.

A decade later, it’s a case that hasn’t left the minds of Sanborn County, or longtime sheriff Tom Fridley.

“I knew Rachel from a small girl all the way up – and it’s frustrating when you just can’t find a missing person," Fridley said. "Through the ten years it’s been occasionally someone will come up and ask if we have any better leads or perfect leads. The interest is still there, it is fairly frequent I get asked.”

There are two specific pieces of evidence of interest to investigators. One is the family’s gray 1995 Silverado found on a bee farm near Huron. The other is a green, pink, and white quilt that vanished from the family home around the time of her disappearance. Attorney General Marty Jackley said her family still deserves answers.

“Small town South Dakota don’t forget, and again we have a case where a mother of two has disappeared in small town South Dakota – hopefully people will remember that," Jackley said. "If somebody does have information about who was involved or even the slightest information about seeing Rachel on that day – November 13, 2013 – come to law enforcement and see if that could be an important lead.”

Though the case may be cold, Jackley says it isn’t closed.

“When we have a cold case, if there are active leads coming in from time to time, we will assign a case agent, and that case agent will be responsible for knowing the file, communicating with local law enforcement, keeping up to speed, following leads, and that’s exactly what’s going on here with this one," Jackley said. "Any leads that come in we follow up immediately and we work with local law enforcement to do the best job we can to bring Rachel home and hold those accountable that need to be held accountable.”

Anyone with information about Rachel Cyriacks whereabouts or potential leads are encouraged to contact the state Division of Criminal Investigation or their local law enforcement agency.

C.J. Keene is a Rapid City-based journalist covering the legal system, education, and culture