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Former SD Tourism Director Dies Of Gunshot Wound

Former SD Tourism Director Dies Of Gunshot Wound

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A former South Dakota state tourism director has died of a gunshot wound.

Richard Benda was Secretary of Tourism and State Development from 2006 to 2010 under former Gov. Mike Rounds, who says his thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard put out a statement Tuesday saying Benda was found earlier in the day near Lake Andes, in southeast South Dakota. Daugaard expressed his condolences to friends and family.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says it’s standard procedure to investigate such a death. He says there will be an autopsy and investigators will collect evidence from the scene and interview any witnesses to determine if it was an accident, suicide or a crime.

Jackley says the body was found at a grove of trees.

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