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Iowa DCI: Man's extradition from Colorado 'only a matter of time'

Michael Lee Syperda, 52/ Garfield County Sheriff's Office

Iowa authorities are still waiting this month for the return of a Colorado man charged with First-Degree Murder in a Henry County cold case.

Michael Lee Syperda, 52, was taken into custody in Glenwood Springs, Colorado last month and charged with the murder of his estranged wife, 22-year-old Elizabeth Syperda. Elizabeth Syperda was reported missing from Mount Pleasant in July of 2000.

Agent Joe Lestina with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation told KTVO that the Henry County Attorney’s Office is still working with the State of Colorado in extraditing Syperda back to Iowa.

“I do not have a timeline for the extradition, but I believe a Governor’s warrant has been issued, so it is only a matter of time before he is brought back to the state,” Lestina said in a text message Tuesday.

Last month, KTVO spoke with Elizabeth Syperda’s mother, Donna Forshee, of Roseville California, who said Syperda showed several signs of domestic violence during his relationship with her daughter.

Forshee added that Syperda’s arrest last month was the best news she'd received since her daughter’s disappearance.

A spokesman with the Garfield County Sheriff's Office told KTVO that Syperda was still being held in their jail as of Wednesday afternoon.

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