Authorities in Indiana have announced an arrest in the cold case of woman who disappeared 34 years ago, according to Fox News.
Denise Pflum, of Connersville, vanished in 1986, at the age of 18.
The day after she went missing, law enforcement found her abandoned car.
“She was an honor student. She was a talented athlete. She probably would have gotten scholarships, athletic or academic,” Judy Pflum said about her daughter in 2014, according to the Indianapolis Star. “She had so much going for her. There was no reason to run away.”
Police have arrested Shawn McClung, who was charged with voluntary manslaughter after he recently admitted that he killed Pflum at the time of her disappearance.
Local police declined to indulge in further detail.
“They look forward to a day when Denise can be given a fitting memorial and laid in a peaceful resting place. That occasion is long overdue,” the statement said.
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Local media reported that McClung was an ex-boyfriend of Pflum’s.
Online court records show McClung, 55, pleaded not guilty during a court appearance. Bond was set at $500,000. Defense attorney Jud McMillin declined to comment, according to the Associated Press.
Plume’s mother and her husband issued a statement saying that the family hopes the arrest persuades “others involved” to come forward with information on what happened that Good Friday or where Denise is, Fox 59 Indianapolis reported.
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