Cold case justice: Tait Purk charged with murder in disappearance of Tama woman in 2000
AMIE STEFFENEICHER email@example.com Dec 9, 2016 0
TAMA COUNTY — The fiance of a woman who disappeared in April of 2000 was charged Friday with killing her.
A grand jury charged Tait Otis Purk, 50, with first-degree murder in the death of Cora Okonski of Tama, who vanished in 2000.
Purk is serving time in a federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., for manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug and firearm charges. He was scheduled to be released in April, according to the Tama News-Herald.
The grand jury was convened by the Tama County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa State Attorney General’s Office to review evidence and testimony in the cold case of Okonski, who was 23 when she disappeared April 16, 2000.
Purk told investigators and the media Okonski borrowed a little money from him to go buy cigarettes April 16 and never returned to their Tama home, leaving behind her son Austin, who was 2 years old.
For more: WCF Courier
Posted by Thomas A. (Tad) DiBiase, The No Body Guy