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Family waits for apology in 1971 disappearance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A man whose South Dakota family farm was searched as part of the investigation into the 1971 disappearance of two girls says the state should apologize for the physical and emotional devastation law enforcement agents left behind.

Kerwyn Lykken pulled Attorney General Marty Jackley aside after an Elk Point news conference in which Jackley confirmed that Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson were killed when their Studebaker drove off a gravel road and landed in a creek.

Lykken says he told Jackley his "family has been put through the ringer'' and deserves an apology.

Jackley says he acknowledged that it's unfortunate the 2004 searches had to happen, but they were a necessary part of the investigation into the disappearance. He says several state and federal judges agreed they were justified.

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