Suspect arrested in 1980 Mpls. stabbing death

  • Updated: September 11, 2012 - 11:49 PM

Minneapolis police said Tuesday night that they have made an arrest in a 32-year-old homicide case.

According to Sgt. Bill Palmer of the Minneapolis Police Department, an arrest was made last week in Kansas in connection with a 1980 homicide in which a 22-year-old woman was fatally stabbed in her apartment at 3242 Girard Av. S.

There will be a news conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday outside the apartment where she was killed, Palmer said.

Palmer declined to reveal the identity of the victim or any other details about the case Tuesday night. According to a 1980 Minneapolis Star story, however, the body of 22-year-old Mary Cathryn Steinhart was found by her sister on Nov. 25, 1980, in her apartment at that address "riddled with stab wounds."

Steinhart's employer had told her parents that she had been missing from work and hadn't been heard from. Her sister, Rosanne, went to check and found her body. A butcher knife was at the scene.

According to a Minneapolis Tribune story the next day, Steinhart had been found on her bedroom floor stabbed multiple times in the side of her head and in her chest. At the time, Dr. Janis Amatuzio of the Hennepin County medical examiner's office called the death "one of the more violent ones I've dealt with."

Steinhart had been dead for at least a day by the time she was found, Amatuzio said.

According to the story, Steinhart had lived alone in a basement apartment for two years. She was a medical technician at a urology clinic in downtown Minneapolis. Police said at the time they didn't have any suspects in her slaying.

NICOLE NORFLEET

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