- Associated Press - Thursday, April 26, 2018

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) - Police in upstate New York say they’ve made an arrest in a 25-year old murder case of a teenager found badly decomposed in 1993.

North Tonawanda police say they’ve charged 43-year-old Joseph Belstadt with the murder of Mandy Steingasser. WGRZ-TV reports the 17-year-old Steingasser was last seen alive in near Buffalo in North Tonawanda in September 1993 before her body was found by hikers about a month after her disappearance.

At the time of Steingasser’s death, Belstadt was a classmate of hers in North Tonawanda. Belstadt was arraigned on the charges on Wednesday and he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution indicated they had new forensic evidence but declined to comment further.

It could not immediately be determined if Belstadt had a lawyer.



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