Woman found dead in Detroit Lakes killed by 'arrow injuries to the chest'

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - A man taken to the hospital from an apartment here where a woman was found dead of arrow injuries on Wednesday is a convicted sex offender.

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Authorities and medical personnel move a stretcher to a waiting ambulance Wednesday in Detroit Lakes. Forum News Service

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – A man taken to the hospital from an apartment here where a woman was found dead of arrow injuries on Wednesday is a convicted sex offender.

Officers responded to a request just before 3 p.m. Wednesday to check on the welfare of someone at an apartment on the 900 block of Washington Avenue, Detroit Lakes Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten said in a news release.

Officers found the body of 69-year-old Geraldine Alma Kading, of rural Dent.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday that Kading was killed by “arrow injuries to the chest.”

David Lee Stensrud, 56, of Detroit Lakes, was taken by ambulance to Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes.


His condition has not been released. A spokesperson for Essentia Hospital said late Thursday that Stensrud was not listed as a patient there.

Becker County deputies helped city police officers cordon off Washington Avenue for about an hour Wednesday until emergency responders could secure the scene.

Local authorities along with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, were on scene until about 11 p.m. conducting the investigation, Eggebraaten said in a news release.

Minnesota court records show that Stensrud has a violent past. He pleaded guilty in Clay County District Court to felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1998 after he was accused of having sexual contact with someone under the age of 16 in May 1997. Stensrud was listed as living in Halstad at the time.

In 1999, Stensrud pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct after a 16-year-old girl told police Stensrud had sexually abused her since she was 12 years old. Stensrud lived in Hitterdal at the time, according to court records.

According to Forum archives, the girl said in court records that when she told Stensrud she wanted the abuse to stop, he threatened her with a knife and said he would kill her.

Stensrud was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for the crime, an upward departure from state sentencing guidelines. However, the sentencing allowed for Stensrud to be released after serving two-thirds, or about 11 years, of his sentence if he did not get into trouble while in jail.

Police said the relationship between Stensrud and Kading is unclear.


Kading’s daughter, Rhonda Franklin, of Frazee, said Thursday night she could not yet comment.

Kading’s husband of more than 50 years, Elmer Kading, died in December 2011. Kading was a grandmother, great-grandmother and mother of four adult children: Franklin and her brothers Roger, Robert and Richard Kading.

“She was the most loving person anyone has ever known,” Franklin said.

She said Thursday evening the family was still in shock as they began to prepare funeral arrangements for Kading.

“It’s just a horrific, horrific tragedy,” Franklin said.

Wendy Reuer , INFORUM

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