I'm not sure how much this extends beyond the "basic facts" you
already know, king_vera-ga, but here's what I found...
On July 29, 1998, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Julie Holmquist, 16,
left to go in-line skating from her home in Hallock, Minnesota. She
was last seen alive skating alone on a road between Hallock and the
adjoining town of Orleans, Minnesota. Holmquist was last seen at 9
p.m. by a passing driver, who spotted her along a rural highway four
miles from town. The route was said to be a popular stretch for local
skaters. She reportedly went out on the skates as part of her training
regimen for the upcoming volleyball season.
On August 20, 1998 (a Thursday), the victim's body was found in a
shallow gravel pit pond in Lancaster, Minnesota, approximately ten
miles from where she was last seen.
A hunter scouting an area found her body in a shallow pond in a rural
area near Lancaster. Her skates were still on, and investigators said
the appearance of her clothes indicated she might have been sexually
assaulted, reported the Associated Press wire service.
Because the gravel pit was known as a popular local party spot,
authorities believed that the perpetrator could be a local person or
someone with local knowledge.
According to a "Channel 4000" news report dated August 24, 1998, an
unidentified 45-year-old man, who lived in a Minneapolis apartment and
had another home near Hallock, had his properties searched by
authorities. The man said, "he feels like he is being set up by FBI
agents," reported The Associated Press. The man was also apparently
given a lie detector test by the F.B.I. and noted that he had left
Lancaster shortly after Holmquist went missing.
The same article notes that Kittson County Sheriff Ray Hunt reiterated
to AP that investigators continue to interview many people and are not
close to making an arrest.
Her funeral took place on August 31, 1998. authorities still had not
released the cause of death at that date. Her funeral was postponed so
the Ramsey County medical examiner could finish work on the autopsy,
reported The Associated Press.
In July 1999, Kittson County Sheriff Ray Hunt reportedly made some
comments that a kidnapping suspect and murder suspect, Donald Blom,
was also a suspect in the Holmquist case. However, Hunt, later "backed
off" those comments and noted, "that a state Bureau of Criminal
Apprehension agent told him 'unequivocally' that Blom has been
discounted as a suspect in the unsolved Holmquist case." Blom was
later convicted of the Poirier murder.
A reported "drifter from Colorado" who was also named as a suspect in
the Poirer case and abduction asnd murder of a Lousiana woman was also
investigated for possible connections to the Holmquist case. "When
authorities searched his van and motel room, they found maps of
several states, including Minnesota."
On September 1, 1998, the Kittson county sheriff said an autopsy
confirmed Julie Holmquist was a homicide victim. Sheriff Ray Hunt
declined to release any further details about the crime. As far as I
can determine no other details concerning the autopsy or evidence have
been publically released.
There is still an active "up to $100,000" reward being offered for
information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s)
responsible for the murder of Julie Ann Holmquis by "Spotlight on
Crime" a fund that provides cash rewards for information that helps
solve violent crimes. Spotlight on Crime is a collaboration between
members of the Minnesota Business Partnership and public safety
There have been no arrests made.
Although containing no further information that I've related here, you
might be interested in the following inactive site I discovered using
the Internet Archives...
Clarification of Answer by
04 Mar 2003 09:08 PST
Don't know whether you still follow Google Answers, king_vera, but on
the chance you do...
I periodically relook at the Holmquist case, as it's haunted me since
I first researched it for you. Other work has kept me busy since the
beginning of the year, so this was the first time I've done another
intensive search. You may be already aware of this January 2003
article from The Thief River Falls Times:
...which states in its lead, "Investigators are confident that Curtiss
Cedergren killed 16-year-old Julie Holmquist of Hallock in July 1998.
But Cedergren will never answer to those charges and officials will
never be able to answer all of the questions that still surround the
killing. On Aug. 9, 2002, while a deputy waited on the front step of
Cedergren's residence in Lancaster, 38-year-old Curtiss D. Cedergren
ran out of the back door and shot himself."
While, personally I think the circumstantial evidence against
Cedergren is short of the "closure" that officials claimed, it is
compelling evidence that Cedergren was the murderer of Julie
As I said, not complete closure for me, and perhaps not for you, but
perhaps the best we can hope for.