Mar 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A man wanted in connection with the murder of his wife in North Dakota earlier this week was arrested at a St. Cloud McDonald's restaurant Wednesday night, according to St. Cloud police.
Henry Deniger Sr. was taken into custody Wednesday night in the parking lot of the McDonald's on Division Street, St. Cloud police Sgt. Martin Sayre said.
Deniger, 49, was wanted in connection with the apparent stabbing death of his 52-year-old wife, Kathye Deniger. She had not been seen for several days when her body was found Tuesday by officers called to her Fargo apartment to do a welfare check.
Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said once Deniger was identified as a possible suspect, his history of traveling made his difficult to locate, prompting officers to investigate areas as widespread as Florida, Oregon and Maine.
But investigators caught a break when a look at Deniger's credit card receipts showed activity that led Fargo police to St. Cloud.
"Ulimately, what led us to St. Cloud was good old-fashioned police work," Vettel said.
Sayre said once notified by Fargo police early Wednesday, the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force immediately began searching for Deniger and all area patrol units were alerted. A description of Deniger as well as his car helped authorities locate the suspect in that parking lot.
"Once he was located, we put undercover officers in close proximity to him and basically just waited until Fargo police got to the city of St. Cloud," Sayre said.
An autopsy on Kathye Deniger was scheduled Thursday. Henry Deniger was still at the Stearns County Jail Thursday. A Fargo police spokesman said Deniger was uncooperative with officers and had not been booked by late Thursday morning.
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