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South Dakota inmate was suspected in disappearance of Vermillion, SD girls


Back in 2004, South Dakota prison inmate, David Lykken, was named a "person of interest" in the disappearance of Cheryl Miller and Pam Jackson.

At the time, Lykken was serving a 225-year sentence for rape, kidnapping, assault and burglary.

Authorities got a warrant, and spent four days searching the Lykken family farm near Alcester, South Dakota. Looking for Pam Jackson and Cheryl Miller, searchers found little to connect Lykken to their disappearance.

In July of 2007, authorities arrested Lykken, at the South Dakota Penitentiary, and charged him with the girls' murders. But, just six months later, South Dakota's Attorney General Larry Long dismissed the murder charge. A key prosecution witness, Aloysius Black Crow, had told investigators he made secret recordings of Lykken admitting to the murders of Miller and Jackson. But, Long said the voice on the recording was actually that of a third inmate.

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