Man Charged 23 Years After Young Mom Beaten, Strangled

Police: Rodney Denk Was Friend Of Victim's Family

An Indianapolis man faces a murder charge 23 years after a 16-year-old girl was beaten and killed on the city's south side.

Amy Weidner was attacked, sexually assaulted and strangled in front of her 2-year-old daughter in 1989.

The case went cold after several years, but it was re-opened by Indianapolis police last year.

Working with a bloody palm print found in Weidner's apartment, detectives matched the fingerprints to Rodney Denk, 40, who had been arrested on unrelated charges in 1997, police said.

Denk, who was a friend of Weidner's family, initially agreed to meet with investigators about the case, but didn't show for the meeting, police said.

Denk was arrested Monday evening and charged with one count of murder.

At a news conference Tuesday, Weidner's sister, Casey Weidner, thanked the police for their tireless work on the case.

"I'd like to say 'thank you' to all of the detectives, all of the crime lab and everyone who has had a hand within IMPD to solve this," she said. "This has been a long time coming, and we're very grateful that this day has finally come arrived."

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