Minneapolis woman dead after answering ad posted on Craigslist
Answering a Craigslist ad for a nanny job Thursday morning may have led to a Minneapolis woman's death, police said in the Star Tribune and the Savage Pacer.
The body of Katherine Ann Olson, 24, was found in the trunk of her car late Friday in Rudy Kraemer Park Preserve in Burnsville. The search for her began after the Savage Police Department had received a call about a purse found in a garbage can at Pacer Park in Savage.
Police discovered the purse belonged to Olson and left her a message Friday saying they it. Olson's roommate returned the call later that day and said she hadn't seen her since she left Thursday morning to answer an ad posted on Craigslist. This turned into a search for a missing person.
Police went back to Pacer Park, where Olson's purse had been found, and searched for more clues. A bloody towel was found also inside a garbage bag.
A helicopter was called to use heat sensing to search Pacer Park. That was unsuccessful, but as the helicopter was leaving the scene it spotted a car parked at Rudy Kraemer Park Reserve. The car was identified as Olson's and searched. Her body was in the trunk.
The cause of death was not released. Neither was the name of the suspect, a 19-year-old Savage man who police have in custody. He is expected to be charged as early as today.