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Police doubt link between Eveleth, Rochester homicides

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

Rochester police say people shouldn’t get their hopes up because of reports of a new development in a local homicide last spring.

There were reports Thursday night about a possible connection between a murder last week in Eveleth, Minn., and the death of April Sorensen at her northwest Rochester home April 17.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is working both cases, according to Lt. Dan Muyres of the Rochester Police Department, and agents did call local investigators to be aware of the Eveleth case.

Megan Ashley Anderson, 20, was found dead Aug. 29 at a business in Eveleth. The death has been ruled a homicide. But Muyres said today he does not consider it a significant lead.

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He likened the latest report to those in June when Twin Cities media said Rochester investigators met with St. Paul police to see if a man arrested there for a violent home invasion could be a suspect in the Rochester homicide.

"It’s one of a hundred tidbits we look into. Maybe it gels and maybe it doesn’t," Muyres said. "A young lady was killed (in Eveleth). Both happened in Minnesota. We pay attention to that, just like we have done with half a dozen other cases, but I wouldn’t call that a glaring lead."

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