Cold Case

Trial for Sioux Falls Woman Charged in Cold Case Moved to September

The trial for a Sioux Falls woman charged in a nearly 40 year cold case that was scheduled to begin today, has been postponed to September 3, 2019. 57-year-old Theresa Bentaas faces murder and manslaughter charges after allegedly leaving her baby outside to die in 1981. Back in March, Bentaas pleaded “not guilty” to those charges and a judge set…

Dozens Gather To Discuss Cold Cases Through REACH Literacy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Homicides and cold cases can spark someone’s interest from reading fictional books to following real life crime cases. A Sioux Falls organization is using this hot topic to help gather those interested in true crime. Captain Mike Walsh of Minnehaha County Sheriff’s office headlined reach literacy’s monthly true crime discussion Thursday night. Walsh discussed four cold cases…

Police Release New Photos In Cold Case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Everyday people drive through the intersection of East 26th and Sycamore in Sioux Falls. It’s decorated with big businesses and traffic lights, but on February 28th 1981, it was a different site. “It looked a whole different back then than it does now,” said Officer Sam Clemens of the Sioux Falls Police Department. These photos paint a…

Man Arrested In Colorado On Iowa Cold Case Murder Charge

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) – A man who was married to a southeast Iowa woman who went missing in 2000 has been arrested and charged with killing her. The Iowa Public Safety Department says 52-year-old Michael Lee Syperda was taken into custody Thursday in the Glenwood Springs area of Colorado. A Henry County grand jury indicted him Wednesday on a…

Fingerprint Technology Used To ID Body Found In Iowa In 1984

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa medical examiner’s office says new fingerprint technology has led to the identification of a man whose body was found in Des Moines more than 33 years ago. The Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office says the Latent Print Unit at the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, was able this year to match a thumb…