RCPD says homicide of 82-year-old woman “not a random act”

The Rapid City Police Department says that in the early stages of a homicide investigation where an 82-year-old woman was killed, evidence points to it not being a "random act."

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Police say they believe murder of an 82-year-old woman in Rapid City was not a random act, but they won’t say why.

The body of Reta McGovern was found during the early afternoon on February 10, 2021, in her home on Flormann Street with a laceration to her neck. Police believe that the murder took place the earlier that morning.

According to RCPD Community Relations Specialist Brendyn Medina, more updates will be made to the public but at this time, revealing the information they have could hinder law enforcement in their investigation.

Investigators say they’re waiting on forensic test results, while they continue to look for a suspect.

“Right now, we don’t believe that it was a random act of violence, we believe there was intent there so obviously it’s still under investigation, so we’re continuing to follow up on any leads that we get,” said Lt. Andy Becker of the Rapid City Police Department. “We’re still waiting on forensic evidence and to further investigation. But, like I said, we do not believe that it was a random act at this time.”

RCPD is hoping someone with surveillance video in the area will share it with them. They’re looking to find anyone on foot in the area of West Boulevard and Fifth Street during the hours of 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10.

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