As friends and family members remember a single mother who loved life and lived for her son, Sioux Falls Police are releasing new information about the city's first homicide of the year.
56-year-old Kari Kirkegaard was found dead inside her home Sunday night and while police have been getting tips and leads in the case, a lot of questions remain unanswered.
"We know she was with family Friday night; that was the last time that we know she was with somebody," Sioux Falls Police Information Officer Sam Clemens said.
Two days later, on Sunday night, a family member discovered Kirkegaard in the bathroom of her home. They have reason to believe she might have been killed sometime on Saturday.
"It's one of those things that sometimes we'll have different crimes where there's forced entry or windows broken or a door forced open and that wasn't the case in this crime," Clemens said.
An autopsy has been done on Kirkegaard's body, but police aren't saying how she was killed. A lot of their investigation centers around items taken from Kirkegaard's home, including her bed sheets.
"If we find the sheets and some evidence on it could be part of solving this. At this point, we don't know how key the sheets are. We just know they are missing and we're not sure why they are missing," Clemens said.
Investigators are urging the public, especially people in the neighborhood, to check their garbage cans. Police have a few leads, but they'd still would like to hear from anyone who might have seen anything suspicious.
"Just because these tips haven't panned out doesn't mean we don't want people to continue to call. The more tips, the more information we get the better chance we'll find what we are looking for," Clemens said.
If you have any information in the case, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 367-7007.