Brothers facing federal kidnapping charges for disappearance of Rapid City woman
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Two brothers are charged in Federal Court in connection with the disappearance of a Rapid City woman in July.
Jesse and Dustin Sierra are facing kidnapping and aiding and abetting kidnapping for allegedly taking Esther Wolfe from Rapid City on July 13.
Wolfe was reported missing on July 14 by a friend who last saw her at work the day before, according to a probable cause affidavit. She was found July 21 in a hospital in Chadron, Neb. where she was being treated for broken bones and “severe bruising to her face and body.”
Court documents show that she told police she “wanted no further relationship with Jesse” but Sierra persisted, visiting her at work on the night of the 13th. Sierra convinced her to have dinner with him. Later that night, she exited the car Jesse was driving and started walking. She was later picked up by Dustin and Jesse Sierra. Court documents show Dustin was driving and they went to the Pine Ridge Reservation.
In the vehicle, court documents allege “Jesse repeatedly strangled [her] to unconsciousness”.
During the time the Sierras were on the reservation, Wolfe tells law enforcement she was sexually assaulted and physically assaulted multiple times while being kept in Dustin’s home and a camper on family-owned property. At one point, she says Jesse asked her if she was “ready to die” before digging her a shallow grave and allegedly forcing her in.
Jesse allegedly took her to Nebraska where she was later dropped off at the hospital in Chadron because of her injuries.
Search warrants of multiple residences on the Pine Ridge Reservation were executed July 25.
Dustin Sierra was booked into the Pennington County Jail Tuesday evening and made his first court appearance Wednesday. Dustin pleaded not guilty to the charges against him before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann.
Jesse Sierra is still being held on charges in Scottsbluff, Neb. where he is facing first-degree sexual assault and first-degree assault charges.
If convicted, federal kidnapping carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.