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Reward offered in Minnesota cold case

SAINT PAUL - Spotlight on Crime Thursday announced a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the abduction and murder of Rachel Ann Anthony. Killed in 2001, Anthony was from Pine River, near Brainerd.

"Investigators believe any individuals responsible for this crime may still live in the area," said Dave Bjerga, assistant superintendent for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). "New technology is allowing us to re-examine the evidence collected in 2001, and we're hopeful witnesses will come forward and help us bring Rachel's killers to justice."

About the case:

Anthony, 50, disappeared around 10 p.m. Feb. 27, 2001, at the end of her shift at Ultimate Liquors in Pine River. The weather was very cold that day, and Anthony had started her car to warm it up before her drive home. A police officer discovered the car still idling about 1 a.m. Upon checking the liquor store, he found the back door unlocked with Anthony's purse and coat still inside, but no signs of Anthony. Her body was found six weeks later in a ravine near Breezy Point, about 15 miles away.

Investigators from the Cass and Crow Wing County Sheriff's offices, the Pine River and Breezy Point police, and the BCA, have worked on this case.

Spotlight on Crime is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization fund established by Minnesota businesses in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and state and local law enforcement officials to re-energize cases where investigations have grown cold.

"The many businesses that created the Spotlight on Crime believe in providing the extra resources necessary to continue giving cold cases the attention they deserve," said Target Vice President of Government Affairs Nate Garvis. "We support Minnesota law enforcement in their efforts to close these difficult cold cases and bring justice to these victims and their families."

Spotlight on Crime only focuses on crimes that remain unsolved after investigative efforts have been exhausted. Only violent crimes against innocent victims are considered.

In early 2006, Spotlight on Crime paid out its first reward by dividing $50,000 among three people who helped locate the body of Erika Dalquist. The program also helped convict the murderers of Jeffrey Hammill, with the most recent verdict in August 2007. A suspect in the Carrie Nelson murder is set to go to trial in 2008.

Since June 2001, more than $1 million has been offered in 22 Minnesota cases. Additional information is available at concerning other cold case investigation for:

-- Rachel Anthony,Pine River.

-- Kevin Brewer, Minneapolis.

-- Anita Carlson, Bemidji.

-- Helen Mary Dahl, Minneapolis.

-- Erika Dalquist, Brainerd --case solved.

-- Nancy Daugherty, Chisholm.

-- Cindy Joy Elias, Virginia.

-- Laurie Ann Feiner, Oakdale.

-- Cynthia Haisley, Rochester.

-- Jeffrey Hammill, Wright County -- case solved.

-- Julie Holmquist, Hallock -- case solved.

-- Frank Kastelic, St. Paul.

-- Baby Marshall, Marshall -- case solved.

-- Wesley Morrison, St. Paul.

-- Carrie Nelson, Luverne --charges filed.

-- Scriver Olson, Willmar.

-- Barbara Paciotti, Hibbing.

-- Mary and Susan Reker, St. Cloud.

-- James Sackett, St. Paul --case solved.

-- Ada Senenfelder, Winona.

-- Susan Swedell, Lake Elmo.

-- Sheri Theilen, Minneapolis.