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Published May 09, 2012, 05:59 PM

After 25 Years, Murder of 19-year-old in Grand Forks Still Unsolved

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - This week marks the anniversary of one of the oldest unsolved murders in Grand Forks history.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - This week marks the anniversary of one of the oldest unsolved murders in Grand Forks history.

It's been a quarter of a century since Annie Korynta was stabbed to death in her Grand Forks apartment. She was only 19 years old at the time.

The murder of Annie Korynta occurred May 10, 1987. The case is still open and under investigation by the Grand Forks Police Department.

Retired police investigator Dennis Eggebraaten think the person responsible is still in the area.

Korynta was stabbed in a downtown apartment before it was destroyed by the flood of 1997. After 25 years, the killer is still on the loose, but police say they do have a person of interest in what has been called a "crime of passion."

"Some 19-year-old girl shouldn't be violently stabbed to death like she was," Eggebraaten said.

"From the beginning of the investigation, there has been a person of interest. We're hopeful that at some point the evidence we have will lead us to an arrest," Grand Forks Police Sgt. Bill Macki said.

That's where updated technology comes into play. Investigators are still looking at original evidence but using technological advances to try to make new strides in the case.

"As technology advances, it certainly makes it more likely that cases such as this are going to be solved," Macki said.

"I couldn't figure out why somebody got away with it. If we had the forensics that we have now, maybe it would have been a little better," Eggebraaten said.

The case has weighed heavily on all that have been touched by it. Police now remain focused on binders full of information. They say they will never quit on the investigation.

"I have a special interest in the case because I'm originally from Fisher and that's where Annie was from. Anybody that's working in the criminal investigations at the PD is thinking about it in the back of their mind that they still have an unsolved investigation, a homicide," Eggebraaten said.

If you have any information on the case, you're encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 746-1000 or the Grand Forks Police Department at 787-8000.

Korynta's mother still lives in Fisher. She and Annie's sister-in-law spoke to WDAZ on Wednesday, but did not want to go on camera. They say they just want closure for Annie and that the person responsible will get what's coming to them.