Steven G. Noffsinger, 58, Defiance, was arrested Friday as a suspect in connection with the 1981 murder of Alma Noffsinger. (Photo submitted)
Steven G. Noffsinger, 58, Defiance, was arrested Friday as a suspect in connection with the 1981 murder of Alma Noffsinger. (Photo submitted)

PAULDING – On Friday, Aug. 1, officers with the Defiance Police Department, assisted by members of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, arrested a suspect in connection with a 1981 homicide.

Steven G. Noffsinger, age 58, from Defiance, was arrested on a warrant of indictment for aggravated murder with specification, an unclassified felony.

This arrest comes as a result of a special grand jury that was held in Paulding on July 31, in regards to a cold case homicide from 1981. On Dec. 17, 1981, Alma Noffsinger was found beaten to death inside her residence in Oakwood.

“Deputy Rob Garcia and Lt. Brion Hanenkratt have put a lot of man hours into this cold case over the past several months, along with cold case investigators that were brought in to assist our office. I commend them for their dedication to see this through. I am pleased to know the healing process can start for Alma’s family.” Steven Noffsinger was Alma’s ex-husband. The case is the focus of an episode of the TNT series “Cold Justice.” The episode, titled “Second Thoughts,” was set to air on Friday, Aug. 8.



TNT offers the following synopsis of the episode:

Alma Noffsinger, 29, was an attractive, fun-loving mother of three young children. She was recently divorced from her second husband, Steve, and the two were in a custody battle over the child they had together. Throughout Alma’s marriage to Steve, she maintained a good relationship with her first husband, David, the father of her two older children. David’s new girlfriend was reportedly unhappy with their close contact. On Dec. 17, 1981, a neighbor noticed that Alma’s front door had been open all morning. Concerned, she walked inside Alma’s house, calling out for her when, to her horror, she came upon a lifeless Alma lying face-down in her bed. There was blood all over the room.

Now, almost 33 years later, after being approached by Alma’s family, newly elected Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers has re-opened Alma’s case and assigned two seasoned investigators to it, Deputy Robert Garcia and Lt. Brion Hanenkratt. During the past months, they’ve formed a close relationship with Alma’s family and have vowed to put whoever is responsible behind bars.