80-year-old murder suspect captured in northeast Colorado

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STERLING, Colo. (KKTV) - An 80-year-old man accused of killing his wife was arrested Saturday in Colorado, more than 1,500 miles from the scene of the crime.

The body of Penny VanTassel-Himel, 66, was discovered in her Palmer Township, Pennsylvania home on July 7. Concerns had mounted after she missed church and police were called to the home. VanTassel-Himel was shot multiple times in the head and appeared to have been dead for days when she was found.

Husband Edgar Himel was long gone.

Local police say used his wife's car to drive cross country, eventually ending up in Sterling. Law enforcement started tracking Himel as he began stopping at hotels along I-80 and eventually received a tip that he was in Colorado. His wife's vehicle -- which police back home had noted was missing from the crime scene -- was spotted in a Sterling hotel parking lot early Saturday morning.

Himel is being held in Colorado pending extradition to Pennsylvania.