CROSSLAKE, Minn. (AP) — The man who threw himself into the search for his stepdaughter Dru Sjodin has died from colorectal cancer.

Sidney “Sid” Walker was 74 when he died Sunday.

The 22-year-old Sjodin from Pequot Lakes was a University of North Dakota student when she disappeared from a mall parking lot in Grand Forks in 2003. Her body was later found in a ravine near Crookston.

Alfonso Rodriguez was convicted of abducting, raping and killing Sjodin in 2006. He is on death row at an Indiana prison pending appeals.

Sjodin’s mother, Linda Walker, told the Grand Forks Herald that her husband knew about the cancer when Sjodin was abducted and he lived longer than doctors thought he would.

Sidney Walker’s funeral is Thursday in Crosslake.

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Comments (6)
  1. JackieM says:

    This is sad news. My thoughts go out to this family.

  2. Dave's Not Here says:

    Truly, no offense intended by this, but why is this news? My stepdad died unexpectedly recently and nobody from WCCO called me or ran an article.

    1. Momma of 2 says:

      I was thinking the same thing. People die everyday, but it’s not neccesarely “news” worthy. Sad none the less, but not really something that needs to be covered on WCCO News.

      To each there own I guess. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friend of Sid.


      1. Nikki says:

        Um, the reason it is news is because this was a high-profile case for many years, & Mr. Walker was a part of it. I’m very sorry for your losses however.

        1. Dave's Not Here says:

          I understand the connection, I just don’t think this man was a relevant enough part of the case itself that this would be mentioned. Again, no offense intended, as all of us are loved and will be missed by somebody. I just don’t understand the reason we needed (or wanted) to know this information.

          On another note, I was actually serving time in St. Croix County jail both when Dru was kidnapped, and when she was found. I remember the inmates being very mad that this happened.

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