Suspect arrested in 1980 Colorado cold case homicide

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Helene Pruszynski / Photo courtesy Colorado Bureau of Investigation

Helene Pruszynski / Photo courtesy Colorado Bureau of Investigation

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a 1980 cold case homicide.

The sheriff’s office said James Curtis Clanton, 62, has been arrested in connection with the homicide of 21-year-old Helene Pruszynski. Pruszynski was found stabbed to death in a field on Daniels Park Road in Castle Pines on January 16, 1980. Investigators believe she was abducted while walking from a bus stop, returning home from her internship.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said Clanton was arrested in Union County, Florida, and extradited to Colorado over the weekend. Authorities credited a combination of DNA analysis and old-fashioned police work for the break in the investigation.

 James Clanton / Photo via KDVR
James Clanton / Photo via KDVR

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