What We Know
A Troubled Marriage
Rachel Cyriacks, the loving mom of two kids, was last seen in Mitchell, SD, near Huron, SD, on November 12, 2013. Her relatives paint a picture of a lively woman, constantly on the move and extremely close to her father.
But beneath her energetic exterior, Rachel was grappling with a lot of struggles. Her life took a turbulent turn when she got involved with Brad Cyriacks, her husband, and found herself battling drug addiction.
By August 2013, Rachel had had enough with Brad. She filed a temporary restraining order against Brad, determined to carve out a better future for her kids. However, the order didn’t hold as Rachel didn’t make it to court to keep the protection going.
Rachel’s intention was to leave the abusive marriage, as documented in her divorce filing. But the divorce was never realized. Brad was never served with the papers, and as a result, the divorce request was declined.
The Day of Her Disappearance
On November 13, 2013, Rachel was last seen leaving her job at Performance Pet in Mitchell. She then picked up her husband, Brad Cyriacks, who had just been released from jail, from a Huron gas station and they briefly visited their Woonsocket home.
According to Brad, she later dropped Brad off at Tyler Griffith’s (a friend of Brad’s) house in Huron. A week later, Rachel’s mom, worried about not hearing from her, visited her home, finding everything in order except for Rachel’s red, white, and green quilt, which was missing.
A few months later (some sources say December 2013, some say January 2014) Rachel’s gray and black 1995 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with the South Dakota license plate number 4CH634 was located on a bee farm in Huron, South Dakota.
It had severe damage to the underside, the drivetrain had been pulled out, and it was inoperable. The bee farm was owned by the family of Tyler Griffith. Griffith was the friend whom Rachel took Brad to see on the day of her disappearance.
Fast forward to April 6th, 2014, and a disturbing discovery was made at Rachel’s residence. Her home had been trashed – a window busted, a table and light fixture shattered. Someone had even left their mark with spray paint. They scribbled “riverside for life” alongside a curse word right on the front of her house. But, the police were left scratching their heads – they couldn’t quite figure out if the spray-painted message had any link to Rachel’s disappearance.
Jumping ahead to September 2015, cops started combing the James River area near Huron, South Dakota, in hopes of finding clues about Rachel. The search stretched on, and in late November of 2016, the police used a ground-penetrating radar – a device that sends out radar waves underground and can help figure out if anything (or anyone) is buried down there. They focused this radar search in Beadle County, pushing further in their effort to uncover what happened to Rachel.
Despite no stone being left unturned in the quest to find Rachel Cyriacks, the mystery remains unsolved. The investigation has utilized every tool in the book, from cadaver dogs sniffing out potential evidence to the sky-high eyes of highway patrol airplane surveillance. Teams of divers meticulously swept through rivers and bodies of water, their efforts aided by the sophisticated side scan sonar technology.
The search didn’t stop at the obvious places. It spread far and wide, extending to more unconventional locations like junkyards and long-abandoned buildings. Investigators, following up on multiple leads, descended into the depths of 20 different wells scattered around the region.
The hunt for Rachel is far from over. Both the police and a private investigator, hired by her family, are tirelessly pursuing all potential leads in her case. To bolster their search, the family has also established a Facebook page, named “Help Find Rachel Cyriacks”. Their determination to find Rachel remains unshaken.