Cloquet, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The St. Louis Co. Sheriff's Office has made a major break in a 12 year-old-cold case.
County authorities arrested 41-year-old Joseph John Couture of Cloquet Friday afternoon just after 3:30 in connection with the September 3rd, 2000 death of Trina Langenbrunner.
Couture, a level three predatory offender has been lodged at the St. Louis Co. Jail on charges of Murder in the Second Degree and 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.
Trina Langenbrunner's family released the following statement:
"We have been made aware of the arrest and ask that everyone respect our privacy in this difficult time."
Anyone having information related to this investigation is encouraged to call the St. Louis County Sheriff Investigative Division at 218-336-4350.
Authorities are expected to release more details during a Monday afternoon news conference.