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DA: Police have theory, but no evidence to solve 1979 stabbing murder of eastern Pa. teenager


EASTON, Pennsylvania — An eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor says police have a theory about who may have been responsible for the stabbing death of a teenager three and a half decades ago.

But Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli says there isn't evidence that would allow them to arrest a suspect in the 1979 murder of 17-year-old Holly Branagan.

Morganelli told The (Easton) Express-Times ( ) that he doesn't think he knows any more today than he did before about "who committed this murder."

The high school senior was stabbed 18 times in her Bethlehem home with a kitchen knife. Police have called it a crime of passion and said they believed Branagan knew her attacker.

They have re-examined the case repeatedly over the years, most recently in a 2010 grand jury proceeding.

Information from: The (Easton, Pennsylvania) Express-Times,

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