A knife stained with the blood of Dru Sjodin was found in the car of the man charged with kidnapping the University of North Dakota student, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. DNA testing of blood found on the knife is “very accurate” and indicates that the blood matches that of Sjodin, 22, a source told the paper.
“There is a lot of strong physical evidence in that car,” the source said, referring to the 2002 Mercury Sable of suspected kidnapper Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., 50. The four-door maroon sedan was impounded before Rodriguez’s Dec. 1 arrest at his mother’s home in Crookston, Minn.
A source told the Grand Forks, N.D., Herald that the knife was found in a pool of liquid household cleaner in the wheel well of Rodriguez’s car. The interior of the car and the trunk had been extensively cleaned, the source said.
Evidence in the case, sealed by a judge after Rodriguez’s arrest, is expected to be released today. Rodriguez is a convicted rapist who was released from prison in May after serving 23 years for stabbing a woman he tried to kidnap in 1980. He was registered as a predatory offender, the classification for those believed at the highest risk of committing another sex crime.
Rodriguez, who is in jail on $5 million bail, has denied kidnapping Sjodin.