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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
November 10, 2016
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Tama County Missing Person Cold Case Now Considered Homicide

TAMA COUNTY, Iowa -- A multi-agency law enforcement task force has reviewed the April, 2000 disappearance of Cora Okonski. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Special Agents with significant experience working cold cases, working in conjunction with the Iowa Attorney General's Office, Tama County Sheriff's Office, Tama Police Departmrnt and Tama County Attorney's Office have concluded Okonski's disappearance was not voluntary. Through interviews and additional discoveries, the case is now being classified as a homicide investigation. Additional updates will be provided by law enforcement and prosecutors.

If you or anyone you know has any information or tips that could be beneficial to this investigation please call Iowa DPS Communications at (515) 323-4360 or email
Media contact: Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Richard Rahn at (563) 370-5109

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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