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Arrest made in southeast Iowa cold case

Michael Lee Syperda, 52 (Garfield County Sheriff's Office)

A southeast Iowa cold case investigation has led to an arrest.

The investigation into the July 2000 disappearance of Elizabeth Syperda, 22, was reopened in March 2017 by the Mount Pleasant Police Department and the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation.

The case was classified as a homicide investigation after a review and interviews.

The findings of the investigation were given to the Henry County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

Following review of the report, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office and the Henry County Attorney’s Office convened a Grand Jury to review the evidence and the testimony.

On November 29, 2017, the Grand Jury returned a True Bill Indictment on Michael Lee Syperda, 52, for the crime of Murder in the First Degree, a Class A felony.

On November 30, 2017, Syperda was taken into custody in the area of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on the arrest warrant which was issued out of the Indictment.

Syperda is set to be extradited back to Iowa.

If convicted, Murder in the First Degree carries a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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