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Missing woman leaves family desperately searching for answers

RCPD is working closely with the Red Ribbon Skirt Society in Rapid City and the OST Chief of Police on the Pine Ridge Reservation to find Susan Fast Eagle.
Published: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:06 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:07 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - People go missing every day, some because they want to. But many just vanish, leaving family and friends wondering what happened.

And for women in the Native American community, the numbers are startling, with thousands of women currently listed as missing.

Yet Native Americans only make up 2 percent of the United States population.

In the last month, another woman was added to that list, this time from our area.

“It’s heartbreaking. It’s difficult to talk about,” said Heather Taken Alive, the sister of a missing woman. “You want to break down, you want to cry, you want to knock on doors, and search every place that you possibly can to find, find the person that you love. It’s just not like her to be gone this long.”

The youngest of five, Susan Fast Eagle’s disappearance has left her older sister in desperate search of answers.

“She’s nowhere to be found,” continued Heather. “I last spoke with her April 18, I was at a travel job in Montana and she called me. I told her that I would be coming home in a couple of days so I want to meet up and have supper or dinner and when I came home, I couldn’t find her.”

No contact with Heather or other family members since April. Police being the most recent contact Susan had with anyone and that was May 3.

Her name added to the missing person list just days later.

“The contact that we had with her before she went missing was normal contact,” said James Johns, Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division for Rapid City Police Department. “We knew where she was at on one day and that’s the last that we can track her down to.”

“Somebody somewhere knows what happened to her,” said Heather. “And I hope that they find it within their hearts to come forward and let us know, help us find her.”

Police say tips and leads on Susan’s case have been far and few between and her lifestyle makes things even more difficult.

“Where Susan is concerned, the challenge really comes when people don’t have a normal pattern. If you or I were to turn up missing, there would be a pattern of you going to work every morning, people not seeing you there and those are all things that can be followed upon,” said Johns. “When somebody doesn’t have that type of pattern, it is problematic.”

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“If we could just get her found, get her located, make sure that she’s safe, that’s the most important thing right now.” continued Johns.

“It’s hard not knowing,” said Heather. “I feel like it just pulls at your heart and it takes your breath away when you think what could it be, what could have happened?”

RCPD is working closely with the Red Ribbon Skirt Society in Rapid City and the OST Chief of Police on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Anyone with any information can call the RCPD detective at (605) 394-4134 or the Red Ribbon Skirt Society at (605) 415-5320.

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