Virginia Man Charged with 1987 Murder of Virginia Woman

Iron Range Man Arrested for Murder of Elderly Woman in 1987

An Adult male identified as Bruce Cameron a Virginia resident, will be arraigned on Thursday in the 1987 murder of Leona Mary Maslowski of Virginia.

Virginia Police Department investigators and agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested Bruce Wayne Cameron, 44, of Virginia, on Wednesday morning.

He is charged with murder in the second degree.

On October 5, 1987, Virginia Police Department Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call and found Maslowski deceased inside her residence, the main floor of a duplex, at 328 7th Street South in Virginia.

Maslowski had been beaten, strangled and stabbed to death.

Evidence collected at the scene was tested by the BCA’s Forensic Science Services, but at that time it did not yield any information that could definitively point to a suspect in the case.

While eventually leads went cold, Virginia Police Department investigators and BCA agents continued to work the case, and as forensic testing capabilities improved, the BCA lab periodically reexamined the evidence.

Eventually, two fingerprints and a palm print were located on a bedroom door which was next to where Maslowski’s body was found.

The prints belonged to Bruce Cameron.

According to the criminal complaint, BCA agents interviewed Cameron on June 2, 2015.

During that interview Cameron admitted that on the evening of October 4, while attending a party being held in the upper level apartment, he entered Maslowski’s residence through a back entrance to steal alcohol, when she confronted him.

According to the complaint, Cameron told the agents that he then assaulted her and she was lying on the floor when he left.

“This case came together as the result of decades of investigative work by the Virginia Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension,” said Virginia Police Chief Dennis Benz.

“As forensic science testing capabilities advance, our ability to find new information in old evidence improves,” said BCA Superintendent Wade Setter. “Today’s developments in this case are an example of why it is so important that we never give up on an investigation.”

Mr. Cameron will be arraigned at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday in the Virginia St. Louis County Court House.

This case is being prosecuted by the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office.
 

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