Search for missing Day County woman focused on slough just west of Bristol (Audio)

January 12, 2021
Mike Tanner

WEBSTER, S.D.–Its been nearly three weeks since a rural Day County woman disappeared, and there’s still no sign of her.

Amy Dougherty left her home near Andover in blizzard conditions early on the morning of December 23rd to drive to work in Bristol.

Day County Sheriff Ryan Rucktaeschel tells KWAT News Director Mike Tanner that since her disappearance, extensive ground and air searches have been conducted, including one this past weekend at a slough a half-mile west of Bristol that’s become the focal point of the search…

 

He says with poor ice conditions, the search has been difficult…

 

There are a lot of sloughs in Day County, and Rucktaeschel says they’ve been searching all of them along Amy’s path to work that are deep enough to conceal a vehicle…

 

Rucktaeschel says their best guess at this point is that Dougherty’s vehicle left the road in whiteout conditions. He says that can happen easily in a blizzard…

 

Dougherty was driving a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer, black in color, with South Dakota license plates 22F 183. 

Anyone with information on this case should contact the Day County Sheriff’s Office at (605) 345-3222.

To hear the full interview with Sheriff Rucktaeschel, click below: