Colorado Springs police update public on 30-year-old cold case
Police arrested a Pueblo man for murder tied to a decades-old cold case.
Authorities announced the arrest on Thursday for the murder of Mary Lynn Vialpando. On June 5, 1988, she was found dead in the alley north of the 2600 block of West Colorado Avenue. She was 24 at the time she died of blunt-force trauma injuries.
11 News learned 46-year-old James Papol was arrested in the case. According to police, Vialpando argued with her husband after returning home from a wedding and ran away. Her body was found in an alley the next morning. She had been stabbed, sexually assaulted and beaten.
Papol was 15 at the time Vialpando was found dead, but he is being tried as an adult.
Police Chief Pete Carey mentioned DNA testing was involved, but didn't provide any specific details on why Papol was arrested.
"This arrest will not bring closure to the family of Mrs. Vialpondo and the loved ones she left behind," said Chief Carey. "However, my hope is that this will bring some level of peace."
Watch the press conference from Colorado Springs police below as they update the public on a decades-old cold case.