Police arrest man in connection with 37-year-old cold case

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On March 28, 1978, police investigated the murder of Susan Schmidt. They went over her 1976 Toyota Celica, looking for clues into who would shoot and kill the 21-year-old college student.

37 years later, Glendale cold case detectives have made an arrest in her murder case.

"Well, the message is we don't give up. It's important to me; I have to give the family some answers as to what may have happened," said Detective Roger Geisler.

Glendale Police say on that Wednesday evening in 1978, Schmidt had gone shopping at Valley West Mall near 59th Avenue and Northern. Just after 8:30 a jogger discovered her slumped in her car stopped on 55th Avenue south of Northern. Back then it was a secluded, dark, and rural area.

"I wasn't there, I wish I could say why she stopped, but something stopped her on the road when this occurred," said Geisler.

Schmidt was a well-known and well-liked student, she was shot several times and later died.

"Several investigators and detectives over the years have worked numerous leads, and everything was exhausted," said Geisler.

Geisler says physical evidence found in the car led them to Edward Meinhold six weeks ago. Meinhold was found in Bristol Virginia, but he had lived in Glendale at the time of the murder and lived a short distance from the crime scene.

"I would say technology helped solve this case most definitely," he said.

In 1978 Meinhold, who police say did not know Schmidt, would have been just 17-years-old. Many hope more answers will come as to what exactly happened and why. He is now awaiting extradition back to Arizona.


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