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Kansas man arrested in 1980 Minneapolis homicide

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A man who had been living in Edgerton, Kan., was arrested for a 32-year-old murder in Minneapolis.

Investigators there used DNA evidence to connect Robert William Skogstad, 57, with the sexual assault and stabbing death on Nov. 25, 1980, of 22-year-old medical technician Mary Steinhart.

“We have multiple sources of DNA profile from the suspect, including from beneath the victim’s fingernails, which is really critical evidence, because boy, that’s tough to explain away,” Minneapolis Police Capt. Amelia Huffman said Wednesday.

Skogstad is in the Johnson County jail in lieu of $1 million bond. Press reports in Minneapolis say authorities there have charged him with murder.

Skogstad had been a former caretaker at the apartments where Steinhart lived but he was not considered a suspect at the time. Investigators matched the DNA through a national database.

In 2011, police traveled to the sheriff’s office in Johnson County to interview Skogstad but he denied involvement in Steinhart’s death. A year and a half later, police assembled their case.

| Staff and The Associated Press

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