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Police Search For Leads In Homicide Investigation

March 18, 2014, 11:04 AM by Jenna Petrak

Police Search For Leads In Homicide Investigation
Kari Ann Kirkegaard


Sioux Falls police do not believe the public is in danger despite investigating the city's first homicide of 2014.

A family member found Kari Ann Kirkegaard dead in her home Sunday evening.  Police say her body was found in the bathroom, but there wasn't anything that stood out as suspicious. It wasn't until an autopsy was complete on Monday that police determined the death was a homicide.

Sam Clemens with Sioux Falls police say the 56-year-old woman was with family on Friday night. They don't have an exact time for when she was killed but believe it may have happened on Saturday. Investigators didn't find any forced entry into the home.

Some tips from the public have come in. But police haven't found any leads yet. They are continuing to ask people to be on the lookout for bed sheets. Investigators noticed the sheets in the South Garfield Avenue home were missing Sunday night. Clemens didn't have any specific details on what the sheets look like, but says it could possibly show some evidence in the crime.

While preliminary autopsy reports show homicide, an official cause of death could take weeks. Clemens says it will be a couple of weeks until a full autopsy report is released with toxicology reports.

If you do have any information on this case, you're asked to call police.

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