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RPD offers $25,000 rewards for information in 2 unsolved homicides

Robert Volgmann, April Sorensen
Robert Volgmann and April Sorensen

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) — The Rochester Police Department is offering rewards of thousands of dollars for information about two unsolved homicide cases.

RPD said in a news release on Wednesday that police are revisiting the cases of April Sorensen, who was killed 14 years ago, and Robert Volgmann, who was killed a year ago. Police are offering a $25,000 reward in each case to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

“Our number one goal is to deliver the highest level of public safety, so when a homicide occurs in our community, we feel a deep responsibility to deliver answers and, ultimately, justice,” Police Chief Jim Franklin said in the news release.

Sorensen was killed on April 17, 2007 in her northwest Rochester home. RPD said a TV technician called 911 when he saw smoke coming through her window. First responders determined that the fire wasn’t accidental. Her body was found in her bedroom after the fire was extinguished, and an autopsy determined she had been stabbed and strangled. She was 27 years old.

Anyone with any information about Sorensen’s death is asked to call Sgt. Eric Boynton at 507-328-6925.

Volgmann was assaulted and killed in his northwest Rochester apartment. Police said he was last seen alive on April 12, 2020, which was Easter Sunday. There was a snowstorm that day, and the bedroom window of his apartment was open for several days after. His body was discovered four days later after his landlord went to check on him and called police to the apartment.

“We all are still devastated. We didn’t just lose a brother or an uncle or a son, we lost our best friend,” his sister said in the news release.

Anyone with any information about Volgmann’s death is asked to contact Investigator Chris Weber at 507-328-6922.

Tips about both cases can also be shared anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or here.

Nicole Valinote

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

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