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 1971 Jackson, Pamela 05/29/1971, Vermillion, Clay County 17 YO
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Pamela Ann Jackson

Missing since May 29, 1971 from Vermillion, Clay County, South Dakota.

Classification: Endangered Missing

Date of Birth: January 24, 1954
Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8"; 150 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; hazel eyes.


Cheryl Miller and Pamela Jackson were last seen on May 29th, 1971. Thery were on their way to a party. The two 17-year-olds were both from the Vermillion area and no trace of them has ever been found.
On the evening of the 29th, the two high school juniors visited Miller's grandmother in the hospital. After that, they stopped and talked to some boys at a church near the Spink exit and asked them for directions. Miller and Jackson started following the the car full of boys to the party at a gravel pit about 15 miles south of Beresford, but when the boys looked back in their rear-view mirror, Miller and Jackson had vanished. To this day, there has been no sign of them or their car. The car is described as a 1960 beige Studebaker Lark, SD license 19-3994.

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Pamella Ann Jackson


Above: Jackson, circa 1971


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: May 29, 1971 from Vermillion, South Dakota
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: January 24, 1954
Age: 17 years old
Height and Weight: 5'8, 150 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes.


Details of Disappearance

Jackson and her friend, Cheryl Miller, were last seen on their way to a high school party on the evening of May 29, 1971. They visited Miller's grandmother in the hospital that day, then stopped and talked to some boys at a church and asked them for directions. The boys were also going to the party and Jackson and Miller decided to follow them there in their beige 1960 Studebaker Lark with South Dakota license plates numbered 19-3994. They never arrived at the party, however. There has been no sign of the girls or their car since then.
In August 2004, police searched a rural farm eight miles southwest of Alcester, South Dakota, looking for evidence in Miller and Jackson's cases. The farm is only a few miles from Jackson and Miller's intended destination. Investigators recovered bones, photographs, clothing, and a purse among other items, but are not sure if any of these are connected to the girls' cases. At the time Jackson and Miller disappeared, David Lykken lived on the farm. In 1971, Lykken was a sophomore at Beresford High School, where Miller and Jackson attended. He knew Jackson through their church. He is currently serving a 227-year sentence in prison for kidnapping and raping a church secretary in 1990. Lykken has not been named as a suspect in the girls' disappearances, however.

Authorities suspect foul play in the Jackson and Miller's disappearances. They were both juniors at Beresford High School when they disappeared. Their cases remain unsolved.



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Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

Last updated October 8, 2005; details of disappearance updated.

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Vermillion Cold Case: One Year Later

08/26/2005
Vermillion Cold Case: One Year Later


It's been a year of digging, searching and studying the evidence, all in hopes of solving a 34-year-old cold case. In May 1971, Vermillion High School juniors Cheryl Miller and Pam Jackson disappeared.

A year ago this week, South Dakota's new cold case unit took on the three decades old mystery, and started looking for answers at a farm near Beresford, South Dakota.

In Beresford High's 1970 yearbook, David Lykken smiles for the camera, his sophomore year ahead of him. Glance across the page and you'll see his classmate, Cheryl Miller. But it's 1971 that would change everything. That year, Miller finished her junior year with Pam Jackson, who knew Lykken through church activities. The two left for a end-of-the-year party, just a few miles from Lykken's home. They never showed up.

A year ago investigators came out to an area near Beresford to search the farm where David Lykken grew up.

Former Vermillion Detective Ray Hoffman says, "I was hoping something would've come up, but it's been a year."

In the time since, South Dakota's cold case took on the mystery, searching Lykken's family farm twice, mostly recently in November with a search warrant listing David Lykken and looking for the girls' bodies, or remains, their car, a wheel barrow and a feed grinder.

For folks who know the three decade old case, waiting and wondering is understandable.

Ray Hoffman says, "Law enforcement's job is to look at all the evidence, but sure the person who's guilty is guilty and see what the evidence says."

Ray Hoffman, a former Vermillion Police Detective who worked the case in 1990, knows processing evidence can take time.

Ray Hoffman says, "The hope of solving the case is good. It never should go away."

Nobody has been charged in the case of Miller and Jackson. David Lykken is serving a 227 year sentence at the South Dakota State Penitentiary for raping a church secretary in 1990.

The South Dakota Attorney General's office says the investigation is "on-going."

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Jailhouse Informant Helping With 1971 Cold Case

CAPTION: Aloysius Black Crow



A judge in Union County is deciding whether to allow evidence gathered by a jailhouse informant in a murder trial.

Thirty-six-year-old Aloysius Black Crow testified last week that his cellmate, James Strahl, admitted to a 1998 murder and to also killing a 14-year-old Wyoming girl.

While testifying in that hearing, we also learned Black Crow's conversations with another inmate could crack a very high-profile cold case.

Probably the best-known South Dakota cold case re-opened is the 1971 disappearance of Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller near Beresford. Two sources in law enforcement confirm to KELOLAND News that Aloysius Black Crow has helped gather evidence against a man called "a person of interest" in the case.

Investigators believe David Lykken knows something about the disappearance of Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller, the two Vermillion girls who were on their way to a party near Lykken's farm more than 30 years ago.


Lykken is now in prison for a separate rape charge, but one of Lykken's fellow inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary might help prosecutors bring a charge against him in the Cold Case.

In a court hearing last week, Aloysius Black Crow said "an inmate" was giving him information in the Pen about the unsolved Union County case.

He says investigators had him wear a wire and Black Crow recorded a statement from that inmate.

Investigators can't comment on the Lykken investigation while it's open, but the prosecutor who put Black Crow in prison believes he's the type of inmate that would make a good informant.

"Somebody who's committed a bunch of murders isn't going to talk to anybody except somebody he feels comfortable with," says Lake County Montana Attorney Mitchell Young.

Black Crow's rap sheet is long, and he has a history of snitching on other inmates. In fact, Black Crow is actually a Montana prisoner moved the South Dakota pen for his own safety after testifying against another Montana inmate in 1995.

And now Black Crow is in custody at the Union County jail, waiting to testify before a grand jury when investigators are ready to bring charges against Lykken.

Black Crow is serving time for a violent burglary and assault. He won't be eligible for parole for another 11 years. But Black Crow hopes his testimony against other inmates could help him get out of prison sooner.

Right now, there's no indication when he'll testify before the Grand Jury in the Lykken case.

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Gravel Pit Search Connected To Lykken Case?

The secret to what happened to two Vermillion girls 36 years ago could be lying in the bottom of a water filled gravel pit — just 34 miles from the accused killer's home.

The South Dakota Attorney General's office confirms investigators are searching a gravel pit in Hawarden, Iowa, as part of an on-going investigation.

But the A.G.'s office will not confirm if the search is connected with the disappearance of 17-year-olds Pam Jackson and Sherrie Miller in 1971. But that's what many people in Hawarden believe.

The "South Pits" in Hawarden Iowa is now a member's-only fishing hot spot. But earlier Friday, it was inundated with law enforcement.

"I've just seen different sheriff's departments come in and out. They haven't said a whole lot, just that there have been scuba divers down there," says Josh Kemner, who lives right next to the pits.

The scuba divers, many people believe, are looking for remains of missing girls Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller... Or the car they were driving the night they disappeared. Hawarden residents like Josh Kemner wonder whether this body of water — up to thirty feet deep in some spots — was the final resting places for the girls.

"It'd be kind of creepy, if it were in your back yard this whole time, and I didn't even know about it," Kemner says.

Earlier this month, 52-year-old David Lykken was charged with killing the girls.

He was 16 at the time, and lived just across the border on a farm near Alcester, South Dakota. And many people we talked to in Hawarden say Lykken used to work in the town.

The South Dakota attorney general's office won't confirm what the divers have found so far. Kemner has heard they've found something. And he hopes it's enough to give the Jackson and Miller families closure.

"I'd be nice to give them, you know, let them know what happened. To actually find them. Give them some good piece of mind anyway," Kemner says.

The divers have been at the gravel pit for at least three days now, and the Attorney General's office hasn't said when they'll finish. We'll bring you updates on the case as soon as they're available.


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Lykken Pleads Not Guilty

The man accused of killing two Vermillion girls in 1971 pled not guilty in Union County court Monday afternoon. 52-year-old David Lykken faces life in prison for the deaths of Cheryl Miller and Pamela Jackson.

A defiant Lykken told the judge he would "never" plead guilty to the murders. Now the family of one of the victims believes the verdict is already in.

“I can tell you that our family and the Jackson family have missed 36 years of the most precious people you can have in your family, and that’s our sister. We missed out on her life, she missed out on our lives,” said Mary Ann Miller, Cheryl Miller's sister-in-law.

Lykken was 16 when the teens disappeared. That's why Lykken's attorney wants the case heard in juvenile court.

“Our position is at least initially is going to be that he should be treated just as if he were at that point in time had been arrested and charged and been dealt with under that law,” said Mike Butler, Lykken’s attorney.

Butler plans to file a motion dismissing the indictment later this month. If the judge agrees, prosecutors would have to formally charge him all over again.

“The way we read the statutes, the level of offense he's been charged with we can start this case in adult court,” said Union County Attorney Jerry Miller.

No matter where he's tried, Lykken's supporters believe a jury will clear his name.

“I wish they'd found out who really did it. I wish the truth would come out, get it over with and let the family of the two girls have a little closure,” said Jim Fry, a Lykken family supporter.

But for the Miller family, closure lies in David Lykken.

Lykken is already serving a 227 year sentence on a rape conviction. So while he won't serve any additional time if he's convicted in this case, it would prevent him from being eligible for parole in the year 2035.

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Iowa gravel pit search tied to South Dakota cold case

July 23, 2007 15:22 EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- The search of a Hawarden, Iowa, gravel pit is tied to the investigation of a South Dakota cold case.

Spokeswoman Sara Rabern of the South Dakota Attorney General's office confirmed the link today but provided no other details.

Investigators with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and other agencies started searching the gravel pit in northwest Iowa last week.

The gravel pit is across the state line from an Alcester farm where 52-year-old David Lykken lived as a child.

Investigators searched that place in 2004 as part of an investigation into the 1971 disappearance of two Vermillion girls.

Lykken is in prison for an unrelated rape in 1990 and pleaded not guilty last week to charges that he murdered the girls.



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Investigators Connect Cold Case to Ha warden Gavel Pit

Officials say there's a link between a Siouxland gravel pit and a South Dakota cold case.

52 year-old David Lykken pleaded not guilty to charges that he murdered teenagers Pamela Jackson and Cheryl Miller in 1971.

Investigators with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation have confirmed a link between a Hawarden, Iowa gavel pit and the case.

But they won't give any more details.

Agencies started searching the pit last week that's located across the state line from the farm where Lykken lived as a child.



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Man charged in '71 mystery
Indictment in disappearance of two girls comes 3 years after search of farm

By Peter Harriman
Melanie Brandert
Published: July 4, 2007
David Lee Lykken, 53, the subject of a cold case investigation into the deaths of two Vermillion teenagers who disappeared in 1971, has been charged with six counts related to their murders.

Lykken is charged with the premeditated murder, felony murder and murder of both Pamella Jackson and Sherri Miller. The counts also allege he killed Miller in connection with rape and Jackson in connection with kidnapping.

Lykken is an inmate at the South Dakota Penitentiary, where he is serving a 227-year sentence for rape from a 1990 conviction.

Relatives of the girls said they hoped the indictment would bring justice - finally.

"I know there is a judge higher than any of us that will take care of the whole thing," said Pamella's mother, Adele Jackson, 91, of Alcester.

Pamella's sister, Kay Brock of Sioux Falls, said: "I can't say I'm pleased ... I'm relieved."

Pamella's oldest brother, Daryl Jackson, 67, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, said if Lykken is guilty, justice could be served.

"The good thing will be that thing will be closed," he said. "That we can bring closure to the matter."

He will have his initial appearance in Circuit Court in Union County at 9 a.m. Monday, according to South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long. At that time, Lykken will be given a copy of the charges, and the court will determine whether he needs a public defender.

Long said the six counts against Lykken reflect the South Dakota criminal statutes as they were written in 1971.

Jackson and Miller disappeared May 29, 1971. They were last seen driving from Vermillion, apparently to a rural party in a 1960 red Studebaker Lark.

An investigation at the time of their disappearance did not resolve their fate. But when the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation several years ago created a Cold Case Unit made up primarily of retired law enforcement officials, the disappearance of Jackson and Miller became the first case it pursued.

The unit, in conjunction with the Union County Sheriff's Department, compiled sufficient evidence to gain search warrants in 2004 to excavate portions of a Union County farm where Lykken had lived at the time Jackson and Miller disappeared.

"We got some useful evidence as a result of that work," Long said.

Steven Feimer, a University of South Dakota employee who operated radar equipment during the search of the Lykken farm, was among the 15 witnesses who testified before a Union County grand jury. The grand jury also heard testimony from members of both Jackson's and Lykken's families.

"The cold case team did a wonderful job in doing what they do best, following up new leads and old leads," Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges said. "We're pleased with what they've done."

State might lean on testimony of inmate
The case against Lykken consists of "lots of little pieces of evidence," Long said. "This is not a smoking gun kind of case. I think probably the most significant piece of evidence would be the testimony provided by one of the witnesses listed on the indictment, Aloysius Black Crow."

Black Crow, like Lykken, is a penitentiary inmate, Long said.

It isn't the first time he's helped authorities in a murder investigation. In the case of James Strahl, who is accused of killing William O'Hare of Beresford in 1998, Black Crow gave authorities a startling piece of evidence. Black Crow said Strahl told him that it was not his first slaying, and that he had raped and killed a young Wyoming girl who had disappeared in 1997.

Prosecutors want to use that information in Strahl's upcoming trial, hoping it helps demonstrate that the killing of O'Hare was intentional.

Long said the case against Lykken "presents unique challenges."

"This event took place over 30 years ago," he said. "To be candid, I've never been involved in a 30-plus-year murder prosecution.

"We believe we have the evidence. If we can get it all admitted in court, we can convict this guy. But I don't have anything to compare it to," Long said of prosecuting the case.

That Lykken himself would have been 17 at the time he is accused of killing Miller and Jackson "may create some kinds of interesting procedural things," Long acknowledges. But he adds there is ample precedent for trying teens as adults in murder cases.

Lykken has convictions for burglary, rape
The murder charge potentially adds years to Lykken's criminal history. He was convicted in Minnehaha County in 1983 of felony burglary. In 1991, when he was sentenced on a rape conviction, five women with whom Lykken had been romantically involved from 1977 to 1990 testified that he beat them and threatened to kill them. Several said he sexually assaulted them.

Lee McCahren, a Vermillion lawyer who defended Lykken on the rape charge, was taken aback by news of the murder charges.

"I don't know any more than I ever did, which is nothing," he said of Jackson's and Miller's disappearance. "But I wondered, as hard as they worked on that and as many times as they went out there ..." he said of the Cold Case Unit. "Holy cow. It's been quiet for so long."

McCahren declined to speculate further about Lykken's involvement with Miller and Jackson.

Daryl Jackson he is grateful that the cold case unit took on the case three years ago because the family had no answers about the disappearance of Pamella.

"For myself, it brings justice and closure," he said of the unit's work. "We've had a lot of faith that God would work out best in this situation, and perhaps this is what's happening at this point."

Sherri Miller's sister-in-law, Mary Ann Miller of Watertown, spoke on behalf of herself and Sherri's sister, Rita Anglin.

"We are very happy as a family that he's finally been arrested," Mary Ann Miller said. "It's been a long investigation. The DCI has done a good job.

"Our prayer is that justice was not done 36 years ago, and we're hoping and praying that justice will be done now."

David Lykken's mother, Esther, declined to comment.

A neighbor, Paul Bern of rural Alcester, lives three miles from the Lykkens and has known Ike and Esther Lykken and their son, Kerwyn, quite well.

Bern said he was surprised that David Lykken was indicted because he couldn't understand how prosecutors had a case, noting that no bodies had been found.

"I have not seen anything (related to) evidence that I know was any value," he said. "I do not see where they found anything."

After hearing what had been found at the Lykken farm almost three years ago and Long's comments made Tuesday, Bern said, "I don't think they got a sound case yet."

Limoges, the Union County sheriff, said: "We've got a ways to go yet. The charges have been brought forth, but we've still got everything to go through to bring the case forward and prove it up."

Then the sheriff focused on the unresolved mystery still looming over the investigation.

"There are still two girls missing," he said. "Recovery has not yet taken place."

Local news editor Jeff Martin contributed to this story.

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Judge: Lykken Charges Will Stand

A development in a South Dakota cold case.

A judge ruled today that David Lykken's trial will proceed in adult court, rather than moving to juvenile court. He's the 53-year-old inmate charged with killing Pam Jackson and Sheri Miller in Union County in 1971.

This is the ruling the prosecution was hoping for, in order for the case to move forward.

If David Lykken had been arrested in 1971 at 16 years old and charged with killing Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller, his case would have begun in juvenile court. The prosecution would have to petition to move the case into adult court.

But laws have changed, and if a 16-year-old suspect is arrested for a recent murder today, he is automatically charged in adult court, because murder is categorized as a crime of violence.

So lawyers on each side of the Lykken case disagreed on the law after the 52-year old was arrested and charged with a crime that happened when he was 16.

Lykken's lawyer believed the old law applies. Prosecutors believe the new law applies.

But Judge Steven Jensen decided neither applies.

Since Lykken was no longer a juvenile when arrested, Judge Jensen writes that juvenile court no longer has jurisdiction. It is cut off once a suspect reaches 21.

That means it doesn't matter when Lykken was charged with murder. As long as he's 21 at the time of the indictment, his case will be tried in adult court.

This cold case is proving to set court precedents. Judge Jensen wrote that there has been no other instance in South Dakota where someone over 21 years old was charged with committing a crime that supposedly happened when the suspect was a juvenile.

The case will now move forward. Motions will be filed in the near future. Lykken has pleaded not-guilty.
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Lykken Case to Remain in Adult Court
Attorney had argued to move case to Juvenile Court

Story Published: Aug 31, 2007 at 4:04 PM CDT

A judge has determined that the state's prosecution of David Lykken for the 1971 disappearance of two Vermillion teenagers can continue in adult court.

Lykken's attorney had argued that because he was age 16 at the time of the alleged crime, the case should start in juvenile court. He's now 53.

The judge said state law is clear that juvenile court jurisdiction ends once a person reaches age 21, even if the alleged crime happened before the defendant turned 18.

Lykken has pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging six alternate counts of murder in the disappearance of 17-year-olds Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson. He's in prison on an unrelated conviction.



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Lykken's Lawyers Want Evidence Thrown Out

There are new developments in the 37-year-old cold case involving two missing Vermillion girls.

Penitentiary inmate David Lykken, 53, is charged with killing Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller and will stand trial in March. But a hearing in two weeks will determine how much of the state's evidence can be used in the trial.

Nobody has ever found the bodies of Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller, so much of the state's case will rest on circumstantial evidence, such as statements made from one person to another. And Lykken's lawyers are trying to get many of those statements thrown out.

The expected key witness in David Lykken's murder trial is fellow inmate Aloysius Black Crow. Black Crow told prison authorities Lykken admitted to him killing Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller. So Black Crow took down notes and wrote letters, and even wore a wire to secretly record a statement from Lykken.

Lykken's lawyers believe the notes and letters shouldn't be admitted in court, because it's considered hearsay. And they say the state can't prove the voice on the tape admitting to the killings is actually Lykken's. The defense says there were no witnesses who can testify that Lykken was the one talking to Black Crow. The defense also says the state can't prove the recording wasn't tampered with.

Another expected key witness is Lykken's own sister Nancy Bell. Court documents indicate that police may have memory enhancement techniques to help Bell recall what happened when the Vermillion girls disappeared.

Lykken's laywers want to prevent Bell from testifying, because they say she can't tell whether her memories are real or just dreams.

There is one other potentially damning witness. Don Christopherson says Lykken's sister-in-law Marie Lykken told him in November 2005 that her father who was a pastor, Lykken's brother and father all helped cover up the crime after david Lykken killed the girls. Lykken's lawyers say the testimony would be hear-say, and Marie Lykken now denies saying those things.

One bizarre piece of evidence Lykken's lawyer's want thrown out - David Lykken apparently sent Pam Jackson's parents a card from prison, congratulating them on their 70th wedding anniversary. Lykken's lawyers say that evidence is irrelevant to the crime.

The hearing where all this will be argued is scheduled for January 17.



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Oscar and Adele Jackson hold the last picture taken of their daughter Pamella since she disappeared in 1971.

Adele Jackson, Pam's Mother, "Her friend came to pick her up and they went for a ride, and we just never saw them again."

The friend Pam left with was Cheryl Miller. The two were headed for a party.

Adele Jackson, "When she wasn't there the next morning we notified the authorities."

From that moment on... the Jackson's only had pictures and memories of their daughter... without even a body to bury.

Adele Jackson, "Always busy sewing... she was getting ready for the high school concert, she was a singer too."

For the past 3 years, the family farm of David Lykken has been searched for evidence in this case. Today he's serving 227 years for rape and kidnapping, crimes committed 20 years after the disappearance of the two girls. This week a grand jury indicted Lykken for the murders of Cheryl and Pam, which sits well with Adele and Oscar, but they say no judge can sentence Lykken to the punishment he deserves.

Oscar, "He ought to be locked up in solitary confinement.... where he wouldn't see anybody... give him bread and water the rest of his days."

Adele, "We're all going to meet a judge higher up one day and we'll have to give an account of everything we've said and done. And he will too."

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Five women testified Thursday that they were physically and sexually abused by the man charged with killing two Vermillion girls 37 years ago.

The women were the first witnesses during a planned two-day hearing to determine what evidence will be allowed at the March trial of David Lee Lykken, 53, on six alternate counts of murder.

Prosecutors accuse him of killing high school juniors Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson, both 17. They were last seen May 29, 1971, driving a 1960 Studebaker Lark on a rural Union County road on their way to a party.

Investigators also suspect Lykken of being involved in the cases of at least three other people whose names have not been released, according to a warrant authorizing an August 2004 search.

Lykken's former wife and three ex-girlfriends said he choked, strangled, raped and beat them, that they often feared for their safety, and that he stalked them after they tried to end relationships with him.

Another woman said she refused to date Lykken and he raped her.

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Inmate who framed cold case defendant is 68-year-old cabbie killer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) The South Dakota prisoner who reportedly posed as another inmate is serving a life sentence for murder out of Florida.

Attorney General Larry Long says murder charges will be dropped against David Lykken (LIHK'-uhn), who's accused of killing two Vermillion girls missing since 1971.

Another inmate, Aloysius (al-uh-WISH'-uhs) Black Crow, testified that Lykken confessed to the crime.

But Long says the secret recording was of a third inmate who pretended to be Lykken.

That inmate's name was not released.

But two anonymous sources told The Associated Press it was William Eutzy (YOOT'-zee) Senior, a 68-year-old from Florida serving a life sentence in South Dakota so he can be closer to family.

According to the clerk of court's office in Pensacola, Fla., he was convicted of first-degree murder in July 1983 for shooting to death a taxicab driver.

(By AP Writer Carson Walker) (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APNP 02-22-08 1739CST |



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02/22/2008

Lykken’s Attorney Reacts

The murder charges in a 1971 cold case have been dismissed.

Fifty-three-year-old inmate David Lykken was accused of killing Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller, but the attorney general's office now admits the star witness was lying.

It turns out the voice investigators have on tape admitting to the killings of the two girls was not David Lykken's.

Officials say Jailhouse informant Aloysius Black Crow has been lying about the recording all along. Lykken's lawyers say they could tell from the beginning that the voice on the tape was a different inmate.

In their investigation, they learned it a was a convicted killer from Florida, who was going along with the lie just to make a little money. In a hearing as late as last month, Black Crow testified it was Lykken.

Lykken’s Attorney, Mike Butler says, “One of the reasons we wanted Black Crow to testify under oath is I wanted that man with his hand up, committing perjury. Which is precisely what he did.”

Butler says Black Crow has now admitted he was lying. Butler wants Black Crow charged with perjury. And he believes the state owes the Lykken family an apology.

In our interview this morning, Lykken's lawyers told us a lot more about the state's case against Lykken. But the Attorney General's office says Black Crow was not the only piece of evidence against Lykken, so charges could be brought against him again in the future.


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Ruling Upheld on Search Involving South Dakota Cold Case

A federal appeals court upheld a ruling that investigators did not violate the constitution during searches of a family's Alcester, South Dakota farm.

Esther and Kerwyn Lykken sued investigators on grounds that they did thousands of dollars in damage when they searched the farm in 2004 and falsely accused the family of not cooperating.

Esther and kerwyn are relatives of David Lykken who was charged in the 1971 disappearance of two Vermillion teens.

Those charges were dropped, though Lykken is serving a prison sentence for an unrelated crime.
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BREAKING: Vehicle believed to be related to 1971 cold case recovered
September 23, 2013 | Local News, Featured, News

PIERRE, S.D- Attorney General Marty Jackley and Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges confirm that a vehicle has been recovered in rural Union County that is believed to be related to the Cheryl Miller and Pamela Jackson missing persons case of 1971. The vehicle was discovered in an embankment in the Brule Creek.

The vehicle will be processed for forensic evidence.

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Car Found In Union County Connected To Missing Girls Case
September 23, 2013, 6:19 PM

BERESFORD, SD -

Two hunters stumbled across what may be the most telling and chilling piece of evidence in South Dakota's best-known cold case.

Sherri Miller and Pam Jackson haven't been seen since 1971. The 17-year-old Vermillion girls were on their way to a party near Beresford when they vanished.

On Monday, someone who lives in the area found four wheels of a car sticking out of Brule Creek, which is in Union County between Beresford and Elk Point. The car found is a 1960 Studebaker and the license plate on the vehicle matches the one on the car the girls were last seen in.

The vehicle has been underwater for more than four decades. As they try to remove it, the car is falling apart so they are now removing evidence piece by piece.

"We're in the process of excavating the material out of the vehicle now to determine exactly what it is, in fact, we have," Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges said.

"We believe it has to do with the disappearance of Cheryl Miller and Pam Jackson, but we're not going to say any further details until we've had an opportunity, as the sheriff indicated, to excavate the vehicle, to take it in for forensic testing and to ascertain more information," South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said.

Pam Jackson's family was in the area over the weekend for the funeral of her father. Jackley says they were at the scene for a time Monday afternoon.

The two girls were Juniors at Vermillion High School and were headed to a party in a gravel pit when they disappeared.

More than three decades after the girls vanished in May 1971, the case resurfaced in 2004.

That's when investigators zeroed in on a Union County farm, searching for any clues connected to the disappearance. The farm was located north of Monday's discovery.

Around that same time, a man who grew up on the farm was accused in the case, but the charges against David Lykken were later dropped. He is currently serving prison time for two unrelated rapes.

At this point, there's no word on any criminal charges in connection with the case. Investigators say they are still recovering evidence and reviewing it. Their focus now is on giving the girls' families some closure.
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