82-YEAR-OLD GREAT-GRANDMOTHER FOUND DEAD WITH HER THROAT SLIT IN SOUTH DAKOTA CITY, COPS ARREST SUSPECT

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Source: Kirk Funeral Home; Rapid City police

Feb. 21 2021, Published 10:51 a.m. ET

An 82-year-old great-grandmother was found dead in a South Dakota home and now a man is being charged with her murder. 

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Rapid City, South Dakota, police went to a home on Feb. 10 and found the victim with a cut to her throat. Officials identified the victim as Reta McGovern. 

Her death was ruled a homicide and police started to hunt for the suspect. 

On Sunday, police announced they arrested James Jumping Eagle, 45, in connection to her murder. Evidence from the crime scene connected Jumping Eagle to the killing, according to Rapid City police. 

"The RCPD applauds the work of the OST Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Marshals Service for helping us bring Jumping Eagle to justice.  Proud of the hard work and dedication of the RCPD/PCSO investigations," Rapid City police Chief Don Hedrick wrote on Twitter. 

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According to McGovern's obituary, she had four children, 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. 

"She was mostly known to them as Grammy, Grandma, Gaddy, and Jammy. Each of her grandkids were her pride and joy. She loved their calls, visits, and hearing about their accomplishments. Grammy cherished the cards and gifts they made for her, and kept every one of them," the obituary reads. 

McGovern enjoyed the family's yearly trips to a fishing resort in Canada, loving spending time with her poodles and doing yard work. She also enjoyed fixing things in her home by herself. 

"Everyone who were blessed to know Reta, whether it be through family, work, or just a brief encounter, knew instantly she was a kind-hearted, giving, and loving person. She was quick to help anyone, giving comfort in times of need, lending a helping hand, or giving a smile," the obituary reads. 

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