Suspect nabbed in 1989 torture, murder case

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 12:03pm

Missouri sheriff's deputies arrested John R. Oldson Tuesday in connection with a 22-year-old murder in Ord, Nebraska.

Catherine Beard was murdered in 1989.

Her mutilated remains were found three years later near Ord.

Valley County Sheriff Casey Hulburt said new evidence and witnesses led to the arrest.

"You have something like that happen in a small community, we don't have that happen it happened this time it's still on a lot of people's minds," Casey said.

Clay County deputies said Oldson has been in the Kansas City area for about three years.

Hulburt said Beard's family members couldn't believe the news.

"I don't think they knew what to say, they thanked me," said Sheriff Hulburt. "It is gratifying."

Hulburt says his office has been contacted by two other law enforcement agencies requesting Oldson's DNA.

The other agencies want his DNA to see if it matches evidence from crime scenes in their jurisdictions.

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