News Track: Trial in 2000 Tama County cold case murder moved to Iowa County
Tait Purk accused of killing fiance Cora Okonski
Cora Okonski (photo taken December 1999)
Mar 19, 2017 at 7:00 am | Print View
A 2000 disappearance of a Tama woman was investigated as a missing persons case until November, when investigators said additional evidence points to homicide.
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation officials said in a news release Nov. 10 that through “interviews and additional discoveries,” the disappearance of Cora Okonski, 23, on April 18, 2000, was being reclassified. A multiagency law enforcement task force reviewed the cold case and concluded that Okonski’s disappearance was “not voluntary.” The case was reopened in March 2015.
Tait Purk, 50, Okonski’s fiancé, was indicted Dec. 2 for first-degree murder. He is accused of “willfully, deliberately, and with premeditation” killing Okonski between April 16 and 18, 2000.
No criminal complaint has been filed in this case to provide further details of what authorities believed happened during that time to the Tama waitress and mother of Austin, who was 2 years old at the time.
For more:The Gazette
Posted by Thomas A. (Tad) DiBiase, the No Body Guy