Alicia Hummel

Alicia Hummel (Courtesy Sioux City Journal)

Alicia Marie Hummel


Alicia Marie Hummel
29 YOA
Home Residence: Sioux City, Iowa
Body Found: Myron Grove, South Dakota
Clay County, South Dakota
Date: June 1, 2015


Alicia Marie Hummel, a 29-year-old from Sioux City, Iowa, was found dead in the Missouri River the afternoon of Monday, June 1, 2015, near the shore at a boat dock in Myron Grove, South Dakota. The area — also known as the Highline Area — is about seven miles west of Vermillion.

A state boat ramp attendant made the discovery around 3 p.m. Monday, and authorities are investigating Alicia’s death as a homicide.

According to a Sioux City Journal article dated June 24, 2015, Hummel had gone fishing June 1, the first day of a vacation from her job at Siouxland Family Center in Dakota City, where she taught Early Head Start classes for infants and toddlers.

As of June 2, investigators had not yet determined whether Hummel had any company on her fishing trip. Early on that Monday afternoon, she’d sent a selfie — her with her fishing rod in hand — through Snapchat, a social media platform, the Journal reported.

Boat ramp photo by Tim HyndsCourtesy photo Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal
The boat ramp at the Myron Grove access at the Missouri River southwest of Meckling, South Dakota, is shown Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The body of Alicia Hummel, 29, of Sioux City, was discovered near the boat ramp one year ago today, and there have been no arrests.

An autopsy conducted in Minnehaha County, S.D., concluded Hummel died of drowning, with contributing circumstances of blunt force trauma to the head and incision wounds to the neck.

Toxicology reports were negative for alcohol and controlled substances.

Hummel would have turned 30 years old June 27.

The Clay County (South Dakota) Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation are still investigating her homicide.

Investigators quickly ruled out Hummel’s husband, Tony, as a suspect, and Clay County (SD) Sheriff Andy Howe said other names that came up also have been cleared.

Authorities are still seeking information about a dark-colored sedan with tinted windows and a loud exhaust system seen in the area around the time Alicia went missing.

“The leads are getting fewer and fewer, but we’re following up on all of them,” Howe said in a Sioux City Journal article published June 9, 2015.

There is a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in Alicia’s death, and Howe said he remains optimistic the case will be solved.

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, family members and friends held a balloon release at 7 p.m.  at Memorial Park Cemetery where Alicia is buried.

While the case hasn’t yet been ruled officially “cold,” we are including it here on Iowa Cold Cases in the event it might encourage someone to contact Clay County officials with details that might help solve the case.

The family has set up a Facebook page, Fighting for Alicia Hummel, to bring about more awareness to her unsolved case.

About Alicia Hummel

Alicia Marie (Folkers) Hummel was born June 27, 1985, in Sioux City to Lora L. (Folkers) Gilliam and James Wanned.

She attended East High School and graduated in 2004. She continued her education at South Dakota State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in human professions and clinical sciences/human development and family studies/psychology. Alicia was a member of Ceres Fraternity and Color Guard.

After graduating from SDSU, she continued her education at University of South Dakota, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in communications disorders.

She married Tony Hummel on July 30, 2011, at Church of the Nativity in Sioux City.

She worked at the Siouxland Family Center in Dakota City, where she began teaching Early Head Start for infants and toddlers in 2013.

alicia-hummel-gravestone-findagraveCourtesy photo Chad Folkers,
Alicia Hummel is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City.

Alicia thoroughly enjoyed working with the children and their families and her co-workers. She looked forward to work each day.

She loved life, was always smiling, and constantly on the go with friends. She enjoyed scrap-booking, going to concerts (especially Luke Bryan), and being in the outdoors, which included camping and fishing. She had quite a collection of shoes and purses.

Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, June 9, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, 4242 Natalia Way, in Sioux City, with the Rev. Steven McLoud officiating. Visitation was held Monday at Christy-Smith Funeral Home, 1801 Morningside Ave., Sioux City.

Survivors included her husband, Tony Hummel; her parents, Lora and Tom Gilliam, and James Wanned; grandparents, Jan and Duane Folkers, and Donna Wanned; six siblings; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Her grandfather, James M. Wanned, and great-grandmothers, Laura Folkers and Lucille Mauch, preceded her in death.

Alicia was laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City.

Information Needed

Authorities are asking for the public’s help with information on any suspicious activity in this area on the afternoon of June 1, 2015, between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. A $5,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved.

If you have any information about Alicia Hummel’s unsolved murder please contact the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in South Dakota at (605) 677-7100.



3 Responses to Alicia Hummel

  1. Nancy Malsom says:

    Someone knows something. Help this family gain closure.

  2. Cody says:

    The “person” or “persons” responsible need to be hunted much more aggressively. We lost a good one that day.

  3. Mlb says:

    they didn’t find her phone either.

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