Kirsten Brydum of San Francisco came to New Orleans a little over two years ago to examine alternative economic ideas especially after Katrina, but she never made it home because she was murdered. Now ABC 26 has learned homicide detectives have some promising evidence: DNA.
“Because of the lack of leads that we got in this case early on if you remember, the victim was found in a very desolate area, none of her belongings were present with her. She didn’t even have identification when she was found so we had very little to work with from the beginning, so obviously the DNA evidence is very big,” said NOPD Homicide Detective Robert Long.
The morning she was murdered, Brydum had come to the Howling Wolf nightclub to get theNew Orleans experience: listening to the Rebirth Brass Band.
NOPD has obtained security video of her after she left the club on bicycle.
“We actually have her on a video camera I believe at the exact time 1:28am shortly after she left the Howling Wolf bar. She is riding her bicycle, appears to be alone on South Peters heading to Canal Street,” Long said.
Police say that’s the last anyone has reported ever seeing her before her body was discovered by church volunteers helping in the Upper Ninth Ward.
And on Laussat where Brydum’s body was found a statue is being built to be placed on a bricks platform in her memory.
Brydum’s boyfriend from San Francisco tells us: “We are hoping that anyone who did this to Kirsten and anyone who is inclined to treat women this way that they know two years later that they are still going to be sought after. And that the fact is, the investigation is never going to stop, and that they have to look over their shoulder always.”
And NOPD hopes to have a match on that DNA soon.
If you have any information on Kirsten Brydum’s murder you are urged to call Crimestoppers at (504)822-1111. The reward stands at $10,000.