Today marks 27 years to the day that 20-year-old Belinda Thompson was found murdered in her south Minneapolis apartment, and authorities believe they have the man responsible.
Minneapolis police and the FBI announced that on Tuesday they arrested a 56-year-old man from South St. Paul in connection with Thompson's death.
The case had gone unsolved since 1991, when Thompson's body was found in the bedroom of her apartment with injuries that were determined to have caused her death.
According to Minneapolis PD, the suspect being held in Hennepin County Jail was an acquaintance of Thompson's boyfriend at the time of her killing.
He was arrested following a year-long review of the case by Minneapolis PD, the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Additional forensic testing of evidence recovered at the scene led them to the 56 year old, who BMTN will not be naming until he has been formally charged.
"We owed it to Belinda and her family to never give up on finding her killer, and while nothing will ever bring her back, we hope it will bring some comfort to those who loved her that we, working with our law enforcement partners, are in a position to hold her alleged killer responsible," said Jill Sanborn, Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis Division of the FBI, in a Tuesday news release.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said: "Today’s arrest demonstrates that we will never give up on these cases. For our cold case unit, our memories are long and our commitment runs deep and we are pleased with today’s development in Ms. Thompson’s case."