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UNSOLVED MURDERS

This is the second time a Dallas County jury has considered the case. A trial in November ended in a mistrial after one juror refused to budge, according to notes sent to the judge from that jury.
On May 17, 1981, Karla Jo Nieland was found dead inside a vehicle belonging to her boyfriend, John Keep. Authorities arrested Keep and charged him with second- and third-degree murder — one year later, a jury found him not guilty. The case remains open.
The Mathis case, the trial and the questions that remain to this day are the subject of a new book, "South Dakota's Mathis Murders: Horror in the Heartland" by long-time South Dakota journalist Noel Hamiel. The book is available to purchase on Monday.
TV news reporter Dan MacDonald expected worried family members, maybe a town gripped by the fact that two people just up and disappeared not that long ago. What he got in Wishek in 1995 was something far different, and the trip continues to haunt him.

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Investigators continue to monitor advances in DNA technology — including the expansion of DNA databases — in the hopes of revealed answers. Yet by all accounts, the case has gone cold, leaving Anita Knutson’s family and friends in a perpetual state of disbelief and uncertainty.
In the months and years leading up to her daughter’s disappearance, Mary Schabot watched Rachel Cyriacks struggle through the realities of an abusive relationship — the ups and downs and the unsuccessful attempts by loved ones to help her get out.

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