OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Prosecutors say a long-dead Michigan
ex-convict has been identified as a second murder suspect in an
Oklahoma City "cold case" that went unsolved for more than two
Prosecutors say Steven A. Boerner was the second man who
abducted Kathy Sue Engle of Yukon outside Shepherd Mall in Oklahoma
City on April 23, 1986, and forced her into her car. Police say
they know two men were involved because other mall customers
witnessed the kidnapping.
Engle's nude and bound body was found April 30, 1986, in a
meadow in far western Oklahoma.
A fingerprint from Boerner was found in the steering wheel of
Engle's abandoned car. Boerner died in 1992 in a traffic accident
in Pennsylvania. The 33-year-old Boerner became a truck driver
after his release from a Michigan prison. His former mother-in-law
said he served time for robbery or a similar crime.
In 2008, DNA evidence was used to identify 44-year-old Kyle
Richard Eckardt as a suspect in Engle's death. He was charged last
August with first-degree murder and is awaiting trial in Oklahoma
County District Court.