DA to look into 30-year-old Bethlehem murder

April 7, 2009 8:52:55 AM PDT
An eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor is looking to reopen the investigation into the brutal murder of a teenage girl 30 years ago. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli says he believes the 1979 killing of Holly Branagan in Bethlehem can still be solved.

Morganelli plans to meet Bethlehem police and the county coroner later this month to discuss case and the possibility of a grand jury investigation.

Branagan was stabbed 18 times in her home on March 28, 1979. The attack was so violent the kitchen knife that was used to kill her broke off in her back. Police suspect the cheery high school senior knew her attacker.

Investigators say the initial investigation bogged down when Branagan's friends and others who may have had information refused to talk to police.


Information from: The Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com

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