ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) — In an attempt to finally provide closure for the families if murder victims, the Rochester Police Department (RPD) announced Wednesday it’s offering a $25,000 reward each for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in two unsolved homicide cases.
The homicides occurred more than a decade apart.
The first homicide happened on April 17, 2007. April Sorensen was stabbed and strangled to death in her northwest Rochester home. The second happened just last year on April 16. 41-year-old Robert Volgmann was found dead in his northwest Rochester apartment.
At this point the department says it feels obligated to deliver answers and feels a reward could help in doing that.
“It’s a matter of getting the information out there again, getting people talking about it, sharing social media stories about it, getting them thinking about it, and if someone does have information and they’ve been hesitant in the past, perhaps the reward will be enough to get them to take the next step and come forward and provide the information they have,” stated RPD Capt. Casey Moilanen.
RPD is hopeful the public will provide information without being anonymous. Investigators say it’s tougher to deal with anonymous sources because they cannot be reached later if there are additional questions.
Moilanen wants to remind those with details that they can be of any size.
“I encourage anybody if they have any information, no matter how small they might think it is, to please contact us and provide us that information,” said Moilanen.
FOX47 had the opportunity to speak with Robert Volgmann’s sister, Annettee, by phone about the reward RPD is offering. While she expressed her gratitude to the department for doing all it can to find out what happened to her brother, she did not realize until after our call how much is being offered. She later texted FOX47.
“Omg I didn’t even know the reward was $25,000 until now! Instant tears rolled down my face I couldn’t be more thankful. I wish I had the right words but I am so overwhelmed with happiness I feel great things are going to turn out and this story is going to be solved. Thank you for your help. Much love from myself and my family.”
Text message from Annette
We reached out to April Sorensen’s sister, but she did not want to talk about the case or reward.
If you have any information on what happened to Robert, please contact Investigator Chris Weber at 507-328-6922.
For April’s case call Sgt. Boynton at 507-328-6925.
If you wish to be anonymous, you can share tips through Crime Stoppers.