Police are now investigating an unattended death as a homicide after receiving preliminary autopsy results.
At around 7:00 p.m. on August 11th, police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of E. Denver Street for a report of an unconscious male. On arrival, police located the male inside the residence, obviously deceased. Evidence from the scene was collected and an autopsy was scheduled to help determine the cause of death in the investigation.
Following an autopsy on August 13th, police learned that significant trauma existed on the man’s person to indicate that his death was not self-inflicted. As a result, police are now investigating the case as a homicide.
The deceased has been identified as 63-year-old Joseph Bradford of Rapid City.
This is currently an active and ongoing investigation undertaken jointly by the RCPD and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with any information about Bradford’s death should contact police at 394-4131. An anonymous tip can also be submitted by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.