Man arrested in Oklahoma in connection with Morris woman's deathA 21-year-old man is in custody and faces murder charges for the death of an Eagan teenager whose body was found Thursday morning in a ditch northwest of Owatonna.
By: Staff Report, Morris Sun Tribune
The Associated Press is reporting that 21-year-old Ryan Hurd was arrested December 4 in west Tulsa after the body of 19-year-old Kathryn Rose Anderson was found the previous day along a highway near Owatonna, Minn.
Investigators said that Hurd and Anderson had been involved in a long-term relationship and that Hurd had returned to Tulsa on a bus from Minnesota.
A joint statement released last Saturday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Steele County Sheriff’s Office said that authorities believed Anderson’s death took place in Steele County. Based on results of the preliminary investigation, authorities added that they were confident that no one else was involved in the homicide.
According to the criminal complaint, Hurd admitted to driving Anderson south of Eagan to a rural area, arguing with her then stabbing her multiple times. Hurd told investigators he left her where he had stabbed her about three miles north of U.S. Highway 14.
He said he then drove Anderson’s car back to Minneapolis where he bought a bus ticket to Tulsa.
Anderson’s body was discovered by a passerby in a ditch along 30th Street N.W. in rural Owatonna.
An autopsy by the Dakota County Coroner concluded that Anderson died of homicidal injuries. The report stated that Anderson had been stabbed 109 times and died from the stab wounds and exposure.
Anderson was a 2008 graduate of the Morris Area High School in Morris. She moved to the Cities to attend the Le Cordon Bleu College, where she was studying to become a pastry chef.
Funeral services for Anderson were held Dec. 9 at Faith Lutheran Church of Morris.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Steele County Sheriff’s Office are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information about Anderson’s whereabouts on December 2-3 is urged to contact the Steele County Sheriff’s Office at (507) 451-8232.
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