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A former Idaho gubernatorial candidate has been indicted for the killing of a girl who disappeared in 1984

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Steve Pankey has been arrested in the 1984 murder of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews from Greeley. Her remains were found last year. Investigators made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Investigators in the case had previously identified Pankey, a former candidate for governor of Idaho, as a person of interest in the case.

More than 35 years after a 12-year-old girl disappeared in Greeley, Colorado, a former Idaho gubernatorial candidate has been indicted in her death.

Steven Pankey was indicted in the kidnapping and killing of Jonelle Matthews, who went missing in December 1984, Weld County, Colorado, District Attorney Michael Rourke said Tuesday.

Pankey also searched for information on Jonelle's death in newspapers as well as on the radio and internet, the indictment said.

Pankey added he didn't know Jonelle or her family.

Jonelle's sister was in the courtroom when the indictment against Pankey was returned Friday, Rourke told reporters Tuesday.

"To the Matthews family, I pray that this news brings you some closure and hope as we continue to pursue justice for Jonelle and your family," Jones said.

Russ Baxley, who attended the same church and was friends with the Matthews family, told CNN affiliate KCNC after the announcement that the indictment was "the beginning of closure. "

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