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As a former candidate for governor of Idaho, has said that he will be part of the investigation into the cold case, the killing of a 12-year-old Colorado girl, who, 35 years ago.
Steve Pankey, made the revelation during an interview with the Idaho Statesman this week.
The paper, citing a warrant, he said, authorities believe, Pankey is a person of interest in the 1984 kidnapping and murder of Jonelle Matthews. As a result of Pankey are the Twin Falls, this home was carried out over the past week.
Pankey, 68, and his ex-wife, lived two miles away from the Matthews ‘ when she disappeared from her Greeley, Colo., home on Dec. 20, 1984, after returning from a performance with her classmates.
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Greeley police said a construction crew, Matthew’s, and on 23 July of this year, while excavating for a pipeline in a rural area.
Pankey claimed he would give the government a DNA sample, in the last month. However, the Greeley police department said it never made such a request. Pankey has not been charged in connection with Matthews’ death.
Jonelle Matthews, 12, was last seen at her home on Dec. 20, 1984. (The Real Project)
Steve Pankey has made repeated efforts to speak with the detectives in the investigation,” the department told KDVR-TV. “Greeley detectives went to Twin Falls, Idaho, on Aug. 15 efforting an interview. During the interaction, the Pankey refused to speak to investigators for some unknown reason.”
Pankey unsuccessfully ran for Idaho governor in 2014 as a Constitution y candidate, ran in the 2018 Republican primary. He finished fifth in the seven-person race, with 1.4 per cent of the vote.
“I’m trying to be transparent,” he told the Statesman. “I don’t have anything to hide.”
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The researchers have asked the question, Pankey, several times, about Matthew, but Pankey said he would not speak without his lawyer present.
He told me that he’s moved to Greeley in 1973, and was accused of “date rape” in 1977, a woman he was dating. He was a criminal, but the charges were later dismissed. He was also charged with 20 offenses in Colorado, which included harassment.
(Steve Pankey for Governor campaign)
In the Greeley, Pankey said he had worked as the minister of youth and the road to the church and people who knew Matthew and his family, but added that he did not know her personally.
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Pankey stated that he was at home with his wife on the night Matthew disappeared. He left the next morning to visit family in California and returned to Colorado on Feb. 26, 1984, ” he said.
“I have never yet met with Jonelle, who I had never met her family, I didn’t know they existed, or disappeared, up to and including Wednesday, Dec. 26, ,” he said.
Pankey said he moved to Idaho in 1987, and it still doesn’t go back to Colorado ever since.