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Published December 21, 2011, 04:40 PM

Crookston Police Reopen Cold Case of 2002 Stabbing Death

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Local authorities are taking a fresh look at a cold case, unsolved since 2002. Christopher James Such died of a stab wound and, at the request of the family, investigators are asking for your help.

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Local authorities are taking a fresh look at a cold case, unsolved since 2002.

Christopher James Such died of a stab wound and, at the request of the family, investigators are asking for your help.

Police say the question in this case has always been about the stab wound itself: was it self-inflicted or did someone else stab Such?

That's what police hope to find out.

Jeremy Such remembers his father as the ninth anniversary of his death approaches.

"It was the morning of Christmas Eve when I found out. I had just woken up and my grandpa told me I was instantly numb, in shock," Such said.

On December 24, 2002 the Crookston Police Department was called to Broadway Apartments around 5 a.m. Police found the 44-year-old with stab wounds, which were the cause of death.

"The case was initially investigated and his girlfriend, the only known witness, reported that he stabbed himself," Crookston Police Chief Tim Motherway said.

Jeremy has been working with the police department since that fateful day, trying to find answers. The case has been inactive for years due to a lack of evidence, but it was reopened this year.

"I don't think it would have been reopened if I didn't knock on as many doors, call as many people as I did," Such said.

"The questions always been whether or not this is a self-inflicted wound and that's what we want to find out," Motherway said.

Police are hoping someone will come forward with more information. Bringing, at the very least, some piece of mind to the family.

"Justice, that's all I can hope for. For me and my family, there's nothing except justice. I can't get my dad back, all I can get is justice and closure on it," Such said.

If you have any information you can call the Crookston Police Department at 218-281-3111 or the Minnesota Bureau of criminal apprehension at 218-755-6650.

Investigators are interviewing people and once they feel they've done a thorough job, the Polk County Attorneys Office will determine if any charges will develop or not.

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