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Police Call Man In Video Homicide Suspect

March 20, 2014, 5:46 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Police Call Man In Video Homicide Suspect
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Sioux Falls Police now believe the person caught on camera early Saturday morning is directly related to the death of 56-year-old Kari Kirkegaard.

Police released surveillance video Wednesday and new pictures Thursday of a man who is now believed to be a suspect in the homicide investigation.

The video was taken from surveillance cameras set up just a few doors down from Kari Kirkegaard's home near 15th and Garfield in central Sioux Falls. Police say they now have video that shows the man driving Kirkegaard's 1998 Ford Explorer in the early hours of Saturday morning.

"We're hoping that somebody may have seen that vehicle out and about in the early morning hours of Saturday," Sioux Falls Police Captain Greg VandeKamp said.

Police say the man was caught on camera riding up to Kirkegaard's home on a bicycle and then leaving in Kirkegaard's SUV in the early morning hours of Saturday. Police say the man then returned the SUV before sunrise linking him to the crime.

"I'll go one step further as saying the individual in that video we believe is directly involved, or responsible in, the death of Kari," VandeKamp said Thursday.

Investigators have confiscated the vehicle and are now searching it for clues. They are also asking the public if they saw the man driving the SUV early Saturday morning.

"The smallest detail in these things can be the ting that drives us down a certain path," VandeKamp said.

Police say they are also expanding their search area and getting surveillance video from more businesses in the area to see if they can catch another shot of the suspect in the vehicle.

Investigators are also urging anyone to call in if they have seen an abandoned bike in the neighborhood in the past few days.

If you have any information call CrimeStoppers at 605-367-7007.

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