New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Steinbach resentenced for 1996 murder


December 23, 2019

In court on Dec. 13, Mark Steinbach was re-sentenced for the 1996 murder of his then live-in girlfriend, Debra Rhinehart.

The events leading up to Steinbach’s trial and conviction began on March 8, 1996, when Rhinehart was reported missing. She was last seen alive on March 3 or 4, when the pair had been seen arguing outside a New Rockford bar. Rhinehart left the bar with another person, then later returned to retrieve her car and drive home.

Rhinehart’s body was discovered on March 21, 1996 after Steinbach agreed to take authorities to her body. She was found nude and frozen in a shelte...

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