Husband arrested in murder of White Bear Township woman, missing since 1997

Husband arrested in Toni Bachman's murder

On Tuesday, the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office arrested the husband of a White Bear Township woman who hasn't been heard from since April of 1997. Officials have not disclosed the piece of the puzzle that prompted his arrest.

Norman Allen Bachman was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of Toni Ann Bachman. Sheriff's deputies transported him to the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center this afternoon where he will be booked and await his first appearance Wednesday afternoon in Ramsey District Court.

Toni Bachman, who was 38 when she disappeared, had apparently been emailing a friend about an argument she was having with her husband on April 25, but she was never seen again.

According to Fox 9 report from 1997, Norman Bachman was always at the top of the suspect list. He had waited two weeks to report his wife missing, and during a search of their home, traces of blood and tissue were recovered from the family's basement. Today, that house is gone and a new home is going up.

She worked at Hamline University, and was the stepmother to three of Bachman's sons. She was an avid internet user and communicated frequently with family and friends, the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office unsolved cases website says.

A part of what police believed to be human bone was found near Bald Eagle Lake in 2007, but investigators didn't link it to her disappearance. In May of 2012, the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office reopened the investigation into her disappearance and searched a home on Stillwater Street where the couple lived.

Bachman has never before been charged in his wife's disappearance, but was sentenced to five years in prison in 1998 for stabbing and raping another woman.

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