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Ex-boyfriend arrested in 2000 Tama County cold case murder

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TAMA COUNTY (KWWL) -

A murder arrest is made in connection to a cold case from 16 years ago.  Then 23-year-old Cora Okonski went missing in April of 2000 in Tama County.

The investigation reopening in March of 2015, after being declared a homicide.  A grand jury now charging her former boyfriend 50-year-old Tait Purk with First Degree Murder.

Purk telling police he gave Okonski money to buy cigarettes, but she never returned. He then reported her missing two days later. 

He is serving time in federal prison on unrelated drug and gun charges.  If convicted, he would face life in prison without the chance of parole.

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