December 29, 2017 10:33 PM
It remains one of Minnesota's most perplexing murder mysteries: Who killed Anne Dunlap?
The 31-year old Minneapolis woman was found dead in the trunk of her car in a Kmart parking lot on Lake Street in Minneapolis on New Year's Day in 1996. The young executive for Pillsbury had been reported missing by her husband two days earlier, after he said she left home to go shopping for shoes.
"It's not a common occurrence that someone goes shopping in the middle of the day and never comes home again," said Tricia Fiske, a Twin Cities woman who recently started a web page and social media accounts focused on the case.
She says her hope is that new public attention on the case will bring forward new information to help police.
"Anybody who could have seen something, maybe at the time thought it was nothing," Fiske said. "Or just a fresh set of eyes, someone who is interested in unsolved cases."
Her website, armchairinvestigator.com, has had nearly 3,700 views since she started it.
Dunlap's murder received saturation media coverage for several months in 1996. It even received some national attention. Still, it remains unsolved.
Initially, police focused on Dunlap's husband as a suspect. In part, because he took out $1 million in life insurance on her just months before she was found stabbed to death in the trunk of her car.
In 1996, Brad Dunlap told KSTP about a search warrant police served on the Minneapolis home of Anne's parents, where the couple was living while having a house built in Medina. No murder weapon was ever found.
"The police went through it very thoroughly," he said. "They just wanted, I guess, to shake me down and have me say that I had something to do with Anne's death."
Dunlap steadfastly denied having anything to do with the murder. He has since moved to Arizona and declines interviews about the case.
Although it's been 22 years since the murder, Minneapolis police say their cold case unit continues to review the case.
"We have never forgotten Anne Dunlap nor have we forgot her family," said Sgt. Catherine Michal, a public information officer with the Minneapolis Police Department. She says the cold case unit even followed up on a tip in the last few months, but declines to describe the nature of the tip or whether it was found credible or helpful.
The only public information available on the case remains a one-page missing persons report that contains two or three lines of information about Dunlap's initial disappearance.
But Sgt. Michal says that doesn't mean the murderer should get too comfortable thinking police have given up on the case. She says police welcome any effort to bring forward information in the case, including a website like the one Fiske started.
"Whenever something new comes in it will definitely be looked at immediately," Michal said.
Updated: December 29, 2017 10:33 PM
Created: December 29, 2017 05:12 PM
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