Episode #103 The Disappearance of Rachel Cyriacks

When I first reached out to Rachel’s mom, Mary, she responded quickly. The way any mother searching for and missing her daughter would. One of Mary’s first replies to my message mentioned Eugene and his family. She insisted I meet with them as well, so I did! Tells me everything I need to know about Mary’s kindness.

 

Rachel was born 10/31/1983, her mom describes her as always on the go, and a daddy’s girl. I spoke to a few local residents who said Rachel was well liked in her community. Rachel also liked to write poetry.

“There’s so much I can’t say when I look into your eyes

I’m worried you’ll reject me and hurt my foolish pride. 

Each day this love grows stronger, but I could never let you know.

There’s so much behind my smile that I could never show. 

I’d hold you for a lifetime, if you’d let me in.

I’d love you like no other but you don’t understand.” 

~Rachel Cyriacks

Rachel was a wild teenager (same!) and began experimenting with drugs. Things escalated after she met Brad Cyriacks.

From the Facebook page Rachel N Brad Cyriacks

The words written by Rachel were telling of the relationship she had with Brad. Rachel and Brad started dating in 2001 and it wasn’t long before Rachel was pregnant with their first son. Rachel and Brad were married in 2002 and 11 days later their first son was born. 11 months later came son #2 and later a little girl. 

Rachels and Brad’s relationship was tumultuous to put it mildly. Rachel’s mom described a marriage that was marred by several domestic violence incidents and both were in and out of jail during this 12 years.

A later photo of Rachel and Brad Cyriacks from their joint Facebook page

During her last separation from Brad, Rachel was involved with a man named Chris Larson, of Sioux Falls. Chris was about 13 years older than Rachel and he seemed to really care about her. Chris suffered from mental health issues and substance abuse problems. He eventually took his own life on March 23 2016

As we see so often, with women who suffer at the hands of their husbands, Rachel had a difficult time finding the strength to leave Brad for good. Her children were in the care of a family member and Rachel seemed ready to get her kids and life back. Friends described her as a good mom, despite her issues with substance abuse and the violence in her marriage.

In April of 2013 Rachel filed for divorce, but was denied until Brad could be contacted to state his case for or against. Eventually the divorce was granted and with paperwork left to sign. On November 13th, 2013 Rachel picked Brad up from jail after she left her new job at Performance Pet in Mitchell. That was the last time she was seen. 

Friends and family claim she was seen on surveillance video picking Brad up at the jail. I reached out to the SD DCI (Division of Criminal Investigation) and they stated it’s a very open investigation and they declined to comment. It’s pretty typical of law enforcement agencies to decline to comment on active investigations. It’s always disappointing when that happens, but it’s understandable. 

In 2018, SD DCI Agent Tyler Neuharth spoke to a local news station (Dakota News Now) about Rachel’s Disappearance.

https://www.dakotanewsnow.com/content/news/New-leads-give-investigators-hope-five-years-later-in-search-for-Rachel-Cyriacks-500326111.html

He indicates that Brad is the prime suspect in this case.

“Rachel’s husband Brad Cyriacks is what I would consider a prime suspect in this investigation. He has, to this day, has really done nothing to clear his name. The things he does continues to point the finger at him at being responsible for this,” South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigations agent Tyler Neuharth said.

“Sit back and think about, what if their loved one was lost and gone for five years. What would they want someone else to do in their situation? I think the right thing to do is come forward, share that information,” Neuharth said.

After five years, many wonder if they will ever find her body or find closure.

“Genuinely it’s a fear that it’s going to take another five years. I didn’t know Rachel obviously before this happened, so I don’t know her on personal level. But, after getting this involved in an investigation and spending this much time, it almost feels like you know them, and it does become pretty personal for you,” Neuharth said.

It’s hard to imagine anyone else having a reason or motive to harm Rachel. Her current status is missing and presumed dead. So that’s pretty chilling to hear, and I imagine they have sufficient evidence that points to that conclusion. I hope one day Mary can receive the peace she deserves. A mother should never have to know the pain that she and so many others know so well. My heart breaks for them, so I hope some new information may surface if enough people listen. 

There are quite a few different rumors or “theories” that I heard from family, friends and random community members. One is that she was run down by Brad driving her own pickup and then placed in the concrete of a culvert that was under construction. This theory indicates the damage on the undercarriage of her truck was caused by running Rachel over. In this scenario Brad would have had the help of at least 1 friend if not 2. 

Another is that she was killed and Brad took her to a remote area off road and that’s how the truck sustained the underside damage. Possibly an acreage near Woonsocket or Huron. 

The 95 Chevy Pickup that Rachel drove was found in Huron in January of 2014

Of course there’s others (probs Brad and his friends) who say Rachel ran off to start a new life. I say bullshit, and someone knows something about what happened to Rachel! It’s time we bring Rachel home, so if you know something, here’s your chance to do what’s right. Contact Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office at 605-796-4511. If you would rather contact me, message me on our Facebook page, Twitter (@CrimesLittle) or contact me through this website!

Episode #101 Eugene “Beaner” Prins

https://www.facebook.com/Missing-Eugene-Beaner-Prins-106674987766519

In Episode #101, our series premier, we talked about the mysterious disappearance of Eugene Prins on 3/26/2020.

Eugene’s brother Colton, Mom Pat, and Step Dad Jeff spoke to me about Eugene and their efforts to find him. Here’s a summary of Episode #101

The Us census reported 655 people in Woonsocket in 2010, and since then two people have disappeared, Rachel Cyriacks in 2013 and Eugene Prins disappeared just this past April. We will be talking about Rachel’s disappearance in a later episode. Today we are telling the story of Eugene “Beaner” Prins.

I must start by saying that Eugene’s family are the real heroes in this case, if there are any! While doing research and interviews for Rachel Cyriacks case, Rachel’s mom selflessly arranged for me to speak with Eugene’s family. Rachel Cyriacks mother is a badass lady and had no hesitation to take this opportunity to help someone else in desperate need. That alone tells me everything I need to know about Mary! We’ll be speaking to Mary in an upcoming episode. I can’t thank her enough! I hope Eugene’s family knows how much we care. Even on the days when they must feel so alone in their search for answers, we care. We stand with Eugene’s family during this most difficult time. 

Let me tell you about Eugene’s mom, Pat. Also a badass lady, who has been missing her son for 132 days (as of our recording date). She had a hard time speaking to me about the details surrounding her son’s disappearance. Which is absolutely ok! Eugene’s brother and step dad were there to speak to me. I’ll tell you all right now, any idea that Eugene just up and left to start a new life is bullshit. He just simply wouldn’t do it. At least not like this. He would never leave his mom hanging like that. 

Eugene was born MAY 14, 1974… Eugene was quite a fighter according to his mom. Pat explained that Eugene was born quite early, and was just the tiniest thing. Which explains his nickname “Beaner”… His mom said he was very small, like a bean and could fit in her palm. So “Beaner” was born and it stuck. 

***I find this the sweetest story ever!!!***

Eugene enjoyed music, collecting Beer Steins, and he and his brothers enjoyed various activities like spending time in the outdoors, racing, collecting monster truck memorabilia and mud races. Among many other things. 

My lovely co-host Sereena and I are going to dive right into the facts of Eugene’s case.

On March 26th Eugene “Beaner” Prins agreed to help his friend take a log splitter to Fedora South Dakota.

Around 5-5:30pm Eugene and the friend stop at Eugene’s brother’s shop to pick up said log splitter. They also grabbed some ice and beer and stayed around for a short time to chat. Eugene and the friend left the shop and drove to Fedora.

***The drive would take approximately 25 minutes, if they didn’t make any stops. SO that would put them dropping off the wood splitter sometime around 5:55-6:15, I’m being a little generous with the time, in case they did stop somewhere. If there were no delays and they left right away they would have arrived at Doren’s Bar in Forestburg between 6:15-6:30. The drive from Fedora to Forestburg takes approximately 15 minutes.**   

At approximately 7:38pm surveillance footage shows Eugene and the friend leaving Doren’s Bar in Forestburg this is the last sighting confirmed by surveillance footage. His family reported Eugene was last seen near a rural residence south of Forestburg.

The only surveillance camera at the time was facing the backdoor in the alley. Surveillance caught Beaner and his friend as they drove through the alley. That was the last confirmed sighting of Eugene.

There’s an article from The Mitchell Republic newspaper  that reported on April 8th, 2020

https://www.mitchellrepublic.com/news/5034464-Two-weeks-after-Woonsocket-mans-disappearance-search-remains-at-a-standstill

To date, there are no new leads about where the missing 45-year-old Woonsocket man may have gone, according to Sanborn County Sheriff Tom Fridley and Prins’ family members.

Fridley told The Daily Republic on Wednesday morning that the sheriff’s office, with assistance from the South Dakota Highway Patrol, Mitchell Search and Rescue, tracking and cadaver dogs and civilians, has covered 36 square miles in the area of Forestburg, Woonsocket and Letcher and is now trying to plan its next steps in the search for Prins.

“We’re regrouping and trying to figure out our best use of our resources,” Fridley said. “… We’re still reassessing and trying to sort out. We’ve asked the people that’s come in and helped us for ideas, also, so we’re at a standstill right now.”

Prins, who goes by the nickname “Beaner,” was last seen with a friend at 7:38 p.m. on March 26 at Doren’s Bar in Forestburg. He was reported to have last been seen wearing a blue plaid coat, khaki pants, gray stocking hat and tennis shoes. Prins has dark, graying hair and a beard, wears glasses with dark rims and has a tattoo of his nickname on one arm.

At 9:11 The friend returned to Eugene’s brothers’ shop where he and Eugene had picked up the log splitter, earlier in the day. The friend reported to Eugene’s brothers that he had lost Eugene somewhere between Forestburg and Woonsocket. Eugene’s brothers really thought it was a joke, and weren’t concerned until later the next day.

March 27

8:00 am According to the friend this is around the time Eugene’s phone started going straight to voicemail. 

***Cellular Data unavailable through trac-phone, the phone was an older model flip phone with no SIM card and very little location capabilities

Around 11:00am The friend calls Eugene’s mom and step dad to say he still hadn’t been able to reach Eugene

12:00pm  The family report Eugene missing to Tom Fridley the Sanborn County Sheriff

***The police were surprisingly responsive to this report and almost immediately they began searching for Eugene in the areas of Forestburg and the rural residence.

12:30-8:30pm They conduct a search of the area around the farm finding footprints that headed south from the farm but were covered by vehicle tire tracks before pictures were taken. They used a drug dog who turned up nothing, drones who found nothing and called in the HP 500 who found nothing. The search was ended around 9:00pm due to the weather. 

It was relatively warm that week in South Dakota, causing some major snowmelt. It also rained sporadically throughout the day.  This caused water to cover the roads in some areas.

March 28th

Beaners brother and friends do an independent search and find nothing at the same time Sanborn County Sherrif department and Mitchell search and rescue had been doing a search them selves

March 29th

A 30 square mile search is held using planes, helicopters and atv/utvs.  Drones equipped with sonar technology, along with volunteers from woonsocket, and mitchell search and rescue were also present during this search.

**A very immediate and extensive search***

April 3rd 

Eugene’s brother Tim, and a few family friends (including Mary Schabot mother of Rachel Cyriacks who has been missing since 2013) rented an airplane and flew over the James River valley in the area. 

In the following weeks they brought out bloodhounds and Cadaver dogs who picked up a sent that took them to a stock dam. Beadle and Davidson county dive teams walked the stock dam and used rods to poke and prod the area they searched. 

Still there has been no signs of Eugene and his whereabouts.

According to the family the friend took and passed a polygraph.

In early April (4/7/2020) firefighters responded to a fire at the residence of the friend Beaner was last seen with. Burning garbage in a burn barrel had gotten out of control, according to the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

*People don’t just vanish into thin air

Go check out the “Missing Eugene “Beaner” Prins” FB page and show the family some love! If you have any information contact the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office at 605-796-4511.