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Neighbors In Fear After SF Woman Found Killed

April 16, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Neighbors In Fear After SF Woman Found Killed
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A Sioux Falls woman is found dead in her home and investigators are trying to figure out why. Officers were called to a home on West Misty Glen Place Wednesday afternoon, quickly grabbing the attention of the entire neighborhood.

"I was driving home from dropping someone off at work when I saw all the cops driving really fast down Marion, so I went behind them and the next thing I knew I followed them all the way home," Makayla Travnicek said.

"When my children got off the busy today, they were all chasing because of the multiple ambulances, police cars, sirens, things like that," Heather Elg said.

Witnesses saw someone leave the woman's home and gave officers a description of the car that drove away. It was tracked to a home on South Theodore Avenue and a suspect was taken into custody.

"It's kind of scary, but I guess it could happen in any neighborhood. It's just weird that it's happening in my neighborhood," Travnicek said.

Officers say that the victim and the suspect knew each other and that the case may have a connection to drugs.

"I'm kind of upset about it because my four kids run around here, they play. There's a park down there, and not knowing what goes on behind people's doors sometimes can be scary," Elg said.

Neighbors say this area is normally very quiet and safe, and the news of someone being killed so close to their home is something they thought they'd never hear.

"No, we've never had an incident here. We have quite a bit of kids on this street that go out and play, they're out riding their bike and things like that. I've never seen any trouble," Elg said.

Even though the suspect in this case has been caught, neighbors say there are still safety concerns, both for them and their kids.

"I definitely feel that I'm going to keep a closer eye on my kids and myself, so definitely lock your doors," Elg said.

This is an ongoing investigation as officers try to gather all the answers. The name of the 53-year-old victim won't be released until the family has been notified.

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