February 19, 2021

Rapid City police identify murder suspect through forensic testing

James Jumping Eagle James Jumping Eagle

As Rapid City police continue to investigate the February 10th murder of 82-year-old Reta McGovern at her home on 821 Flormann Street, police have identified the suspect believed responsible for her death through forensic testing.

Police are currently searching for 45-year-old James Jumping Eagle of Rapid City in connection with McGovern’s homicide. Evidence recovered during the homicide investigation has connected Jumping Eagle to the scene of the murder.

Jumping Eagle is considered dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with any information about Jumping Eagle’s whereabouts should contact police immediately at 605-394-4131. An anonymous tip can also be submitted by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.

The investigation into McGovern’s death is being conducted jointly between the RCPD, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.

* The charges are merely accusations and the arrested individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Any additional details regarding this case can be obtained from the Pennington County State’s Attorney and/or court records as appropriate.

Login Form