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Reward For Information On Belle Fourche Rape

May 4, 2012, 6:04 PM by Derek Olson

Reward For Information On Belle Fourche Rape
BELLE FOURCHE, SD -

It's been nearly a month since a violent rape in Belle Fourche.

With no suspects and leads drying up, an anonymous donor is offering a $2,000 reward for any information leading to the capture and conviction of the rapist.

Anxiety is running high in the town since the attack.  The hope is that this reward will help authorities solve the crime so life in Belle Fourche can begin returning to normal.

On the morning of April 10, a man broke into a Belle Fourche home and raped a woman.  Close to a month later, police are still looking for a solid lead.

"We still have people actively working the case. We have DCI helping out with some of the manpower issues and continuing with some of the interviews and evidence collection," Belle Fourche Police Chief Rob Hansen said.

But that has done little to quell the unrest in the community.

"I was shocked and concerned, never thought something like that would happen in Belle Fourche," resident Kay Davis said.

"Probably the most frustrating part is not having the safety and security that we normally feel in our small community," Hansen said.

So an anonymous donor is offering a $2,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the rapist.

"We're grateful for the donor coming forward.  It does help us out, and already today, we're already getting tips that are coming in," Hansen said.

Davis grew up in Belle Fourche and describes how the town used to be.

"Nobody locked their doors.  If you needed something from one of your neighbors, you went and pounded on their door and if they weren't home, you just went in and got it.  That's just the way we grew up," Davis said.

But that's not the case anymore.

"That's changing; our behaviors are changing.  And people are learning how to live in today's world that's now found its way to Belle Fourche," Hansen said.

The suspect has been described as a white male between 5' 8" and 6' tall with a stocky build and a deep voice.  He may also have scratches on his face and hands.

If you have any information, you're asked to call police at (605) 892-2738.

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