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Authorities use dogs in Cyriacks search

ALPENA -- Authorities used cadaver dogs as another means of searching for a missing Woonsocket woman.

Sanborn County Sheriff Tom Fridley said there was a strip of ground near Alpena, in Jerauld County, that had extensive drain tile put in recently. He said authorities brought in the cadaver dogs “on a long shot” to see if Rachel Cyriacks, a 30-year-old Woonsocket woman who has been missing since November, were buried there.

The search lasted from Thursday morning into the afternoon, Fridley said, and was conducted by the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office.

He said authorities have no evidence that Cyriacks is no longer alive -- a cadaver is medical term for a dead body -- but must look at all possibilities.

“If this is that kind of a case, then, while the ground is freshly disturbed, we at least have checked it out,” Fridley said. “But as far as we know, she’s just somewhere else and well alive. But you’ve got to play both sides of the line. So far we’ve still come up with nothing.”

Cyriacks was reported missing in December, but has actually been missing since about Nov. 13. She is described as white, 5-foot-5, approximately 140 pounds, with blonde/brown hair and hazel eyes. She has a tattoo on the left side of her neck and tattoos on her right forearm.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to the call Sanborn County Sheriff’s Department or Huron police.