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Woman dead, could be cause of online nanny ad

According to the Star Tribune, Katherinne Anne Olson could be dead because she answered the wrong nanny ad on the popular website craigslist.org.

Olson, 24, was found dead in the trunk of her car Friday night a few block away from a park in Burnsville. The St. Olaf college graduate had answered several online ads for nanny jobs previously and didn't believe it to be unsafe.

Her friends were the last to see Olson on Thursday morning when she was on her way to meet someone in Savage about a nanny job.

A 19-year-old Savage man is in custody at the Scott County Jail and police officials believe they have the right suspect. They also believe he was the one who placed the ad.

The name of the suspect has not been released but he was arrested at work at the Mpls./St. Paul International Airport.

According to the Pioneer Press, her parents said they believed the ad was placed by a newly married couple who had recently moved to the Twin Cities.

Officials say this homicide is unusual because there doesn't seem to be a connection between the victim and murderer, a common characteristics of most homicides.

Police were called after someone had found a purse that was later identified as Olson's in the garbage can at the park. Officials had called her home and left a message saying they had her purse.

Poiice immediately shifted gears after receiving a phone call from Olson's roommate saying she hadn't seen her since Thursday morning.

A "significantly bloody towel" was found in the garbage can when police went back to look for further clues and other search teams were called in to try and locate Olson.

A helicopter swarming the area noticed a car parked just a few block away from the park and that's where the body was found.

Olson graduate Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude last year and was a double major.

"The world has just lost a wonderfully intelligent, talented young lady," said her father, "who would have made such a significant contribution had she been given time to do that."