MINOT, N.D. — The case of a slain 18-year-old Minot State University student remains a mystery 10 years later.
Anita May Knutson was found stabbed to death in her apartment on June 4, 2007. No one has been arrested or charged in the case, a fact that bothers her family and law enforcement, the Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/2su3IYZ ) reported.
Dave Goodman, the lead investigator on the case, is one of the few remaining Minor police officers who were involved from the beginning.
“It is something that haunts you,” he said. “There’s a constant daily reminder in our office. There’s a case file on a book shelf with Anita’s picture on it. We walk by that several times a day and are reminded that this is a major case, a major unsolved case.
“We don’t like that. We don’t want to retire with the Knutson case unsolved. It bothers a lot of us.”
Investigators won’t release all evidence to the public because, they said, it could jeopardize the investigation. Goodman said no one has been cleared in the case, producing a “large circle” of possible suspects.
“I wish I could share everything. We want to solve this but we have to be careful what we say,” Goodman said. “We haven’t forgotten about her and I don’t know that we will ever forget about her. We are continuing to look into things.”
Police and family members believe they’ll receive a tip in the case that leads to better information.
“I’m of the belief that somebody has to come forward with knowledge,” said Karen Leier, an aunt who was close to Knutson. “She was just a sweetheart. I’m not going to give up no matter what, as long as I am able.”
Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com