Investigators release new details to boost advice
(FOX 9) – Investigators are releasing new details related to the unsolved murder of a Pine River woman in 2001 – details they hope will revive people’s memories and lead members of the public to offer additional advice to help solve the case cold 21 years.
On Sunday, February 27, 2001, just before 10 p.m., 50-year-old Rachel Anthony finished her last shift at Ultimate Liquors and had already started her car to warm it up on a cold winter night, according to a press report. release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).
Police would find the car still idling in the parking lot at 1 a.m. the next morning, with the store’s back door open and Anthony’s purse and coat still inside. Her body was found six weeks later by the side of a road about 15 miles away near Breezy Point, with an autopsy concluding she had died of strangulation, police said.
Investigators determined the last transaction at the store took place at 9:57 p.m. when someone purchased a bottle of Mickey’s Malt Liquor and Kool cigarettes, details that had not previously been made public. Police consider the person who made the purchase a “person of interest” in Anthony’s murder.
“We hope this new detail can jog someone’s memory and encourage them to come forward,” said BCA Superintendent Drew Evans. “Rachel’s family deserves answers, and the person who killed her deserves justice.
Investigators are asking anyone with information that could help them identify the person who made this purchase to come forward by calling the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 218-547-1424, or the BCA at 651-793 -7000 or 877-996-6222.
“If anyone has any information, even if it’s the smallest detail, please report it because that little detail could make a difference,” Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said. “The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the BCA are committed to pursuing all leads and hope that any of them will lead us to success in this tragic case.”
Spotlight on Crime is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Anthony’s killer. Advice may be provided anonymously.