Family still hurts from disappearance of Belle Fourche woman
RAPID CITY (AP) — Family members of a Native American woman from South Dakota who went missing 10 years ago say they don’t want people to forget about her.
Beverly Ulrich, of Belle Fourche, was 42 years old when she vanished in October 2003. She was last seen in the Belle Fourche and Spearfish area. Authorities believe she is dead.
Ulrich’s sister, Rose Grusing, told the Rapid City Journal she believes someone has information about the case.
“I just feel like somebody around here knows something,” Grusing said. “They’re just not coming forward.”
Butte County Sheriff Fred Lamphere agreed with Grusing and said there is one person of interest who isn’t interested in cooperating.
“I’m not sure where he’s at now,” Lamphere said. “He’s kind of a transient.”
Grusing won’t say outright that she believes her sister is a victim of a homicide, but said she wants justice.
“I have to know whoever hurt her goes to prison for it,” she said. “Or I haven’t done what I should have done for my little sister.”
A ceremony marking the anniversary of Ulrich’s disappearance was scheduled Saturday evening at the United Church of Christ in Belle Fourche.
Del Neumeister, the minister who has presided over several vigils for Ulrich, said the service included a memorial and Native American prayers.
“It’s an honor to do that,” he said.
Neumeister said the family is still hurting from not knowing what happened to Ulrich.