A Rapid City woman missing for a week is safe while a man she used to date is in custody in Chadron.
The Nebraska State Patrol Public Relations Director Cody Thomas says 21-year old Ester Wolfe was treated Sunday at Chadron Community Hospital while 33-year old Jesse Sierra of Rapid City was arrested, also in Chadron, for assault and sexual assault.
Rapid City authorities sent out a flyer last week on Wolfe, who was reported missing July 14 after missing a family event and not returning home after work the previous day. She was last seen leaving work after a visit from Sierra.
Thomas says Chadron police were contacted by Chadron hospital about a woman who’d come in with significant injuries and said she had been sexually assaulted and physically assaulted multiple times at a motel in Crawford.
Chadron police contacted the State Patrol, which sent investigators to Crawford. Sierra was arrested later following a preliminary investigation on charges of 1st-degree assault and 1st-degree sexual assault.
Sierra was initially taken to the Dawes County Jail, but Sheriff Karl Dailey refused to accept him because he was injured. The State Patrol then took Sierra to the Scotts Bluff County Jail Sunday evening.
Rapid City police spokesman Brendyn Medina told the Rapid City Journal that there was little he could say about Wolfe’s disappearance because of South Dakota’s Marsy’s law.
He did say the case remains an open investigation in South Dakota with “many questions left to be answered by the parties involved.”