New information on 21-year cold case in Cass County

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office have some new details as part of their investigation into the 2001 murder of Rachel Anthony.

Authorities now know that the last sale at the liquor store where Anthony worked, Ultimate Liquors, was at 9:57 p.m. on Feb. 27, 2001.

The purchase was a bottle of Mickey’s Malt Liquor and a pack of Kool cigarettes.

Anthony had already started her car so it could warm up after her closing shift at the Pine River liquor store.

Police officers located her car still idling at 1 a.m. that night, with her purse and coat still inside the unlocked store.

A $50,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Rachel Anthony’s death.

Her body was found six weeks after her disappearance, about 15 miles away near Breezy Point.

“If someone has information, even if it’s the smallest detail, please report it as this little detail could make a difference,” Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said.

“The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and BCA are committed to following up on all leads and hope that one will bring us to the successful outcome of this tragic case.”

“We hope that this new detail may jog someone’s memory and we encourage them to come forward,” BCA Superintendent Drew Evans said.

“Rachel’s family deserves answers, and the person who killed her deserves justice.”​


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