Family members of Kari Kirkegaard say they found the 56-year-old Sioux Falls woman dead in her bathtub with the water running Sunday night.
Kirkegaard’s younger brother, Brian Johnson, tells KELOLAND News that a family member went to check on her Sunday after no one had heard from her throughout the weekend.
Johnson says the water was running in the tub and at first, family members thought Kirkegaard slipped and fell in a tragic accident. However, Johnson says they called police back to the home after they realized Kirkegaard’s purse was missing and there were no sheets on her bed and no towels or bath mats in the bathroom.
“We know somewhat of a time of death fairly close because we can tell by the water usage. The water level jumped up from water usage,” Johnson said.
Authorities believe Kirkegaard died on Saturday.
Johnson said the bathtub had a safety feature so it did not flood the home, but simply drained out after reaching a certain level.
Kirkegaard’s family is joining with Sioux Falls Police to ask for the public’s help in solving this homicide. They hope anyone with information about Kirkegaard’s death will call Sioux Falls Police at 605-367-7212.
Kirkegaard had one adult son, but did not have life insurance. A fund has been set up for her family at CorTrust Bank on South Minnesota Avenue.