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Published March 08, 2012, 06:47 PM

Authorities credit quick capture of suspect to solid police work

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Cass County State's Attorney has formally charged murder suspect Henry Deniger with one count of Murder and one count of tampering with evidence. Deniger is still in custody in St. Cloud awaiting extradition for the murder of this wife, 52 year-old Kathye Deniger.

The Cass County State's Attorney has formally charged murder suspect Henry Deniger with one count of Murder and one count of tampering with evidence. Deniger is still in custody in St. Cloud awaiting extradition for the murder of this wife, 52 year-old Kathye Deniger.

It took less than a day from the discovery of a body in a South Fargo Apartment to the capture of a suspect in St. Cloud, and at the end of that 24 hour period, Fargo Police are confident they've nabbed the right guy.

After receiving a call from Cass County Social Services, police arrived at Kathye Deniger's apartment in South Fargo shortly after 5 Tuesday night. They found a cold body with what looked like multiple stab wounds. The husband was nowhere to be found.

Lt. Joel Vettel – Fargo Police: “Our grid search was everything from east coast, west coast, south, he had ties to Florida, Oregon, and he had ties to Maine.

Like a scene from CSI, police had forensic and intelligence units combing the apartment until 2:30 in the morning.

Lt. Joel Vettel – Fargo Police: “Doing swabs of surfaces, they're taking samples for the blood.”

Investigators tracked everything from cell phone use to Facebook posts to credit card transactions. By noon police had tracked the suspect to the St. Cloud area.

Lt. Joel Vettel: “Ok he got pinged here as far as his card, he got pinged here and all of a sudden two pings close to each other, and you recognize he might be held up in that area.”

Police say the suspect was found in a restaurant parking lot shortly after 4 PM. After an hour of surveillance, the suspect was confronted, and finally arrested around 7 last night.

Lt. Joel Vettel: “The clock never stops ticking.”

We have heard time and again that the first 24-48 hours of a violent crime are the most important in finding that prime suspect.

Lt. Joel Vettel: “Really it was again, just good old fashion police work.”

And for the Fargo Police Department, the pieces of this investigation fit together seamlessly.

Fargo Police estimate they had 20 people involved in the investigation, with dozens more from other agencies.

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