UPDATE: More arrests in 1979 cold case murder

8:49 PM, Sep 20, 2006   |    comments
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HOLLAND - Two additional suspects are now facing charges for the 1979 murder of Hope College student Janet Chandler. That brings the total number of suspects in custody to six. - Robert Michael Lynch, 66 of Three Oaks, Michigan - James Cleophas Nelson, 59, a.k.a. "Bubba" of Rand, West Virginia - Arthur Carlton Paiva, 54, a.k.a. "Carl" of Muskegon, Michigan - Laurie Ann Swank, 48, of Nescopek, Pennsylvania - Freddie Bass Parker, 47, of Powelton, West Virginia - Anthony Eugene Williams, 55, of McFarland, Wisconsin These suspects all face charges of first degree murder. If convicted, they face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Chandler, who was 23 at the time, disappeared in Holland on January 31, 1979, while working the night shift at the Blue Mill Inn. Her body was found 24 hours later near I-196. She had been sexually assaulted. The Ottawa Prosecutors office believes Nelson, Paiva, Parker and Williams were all working as security guards at a local labor strike at the time of the murder. Nelson, Parker and Williams were reportedly staying at the Blue Mill Inn while Paiva lived at a corporate guest house near the site. Swank reportedly was Chandler's roommate at the time and was a manager at the Blue Mill Inn. "We have committed to sticking with this case until all individuals involved have been brought to justice, and we have met that promise," stated Col. Peter C. Munoz, Director of the Michigan State Police. "Thanks to the tenacity of the investigators, prosecutors and the Michigan Attorney General's Office, this case is now entering the final chapter in the long story of justice for Janet Chandler." WZZM 13 is also learning more about Arthur Carlton Paiva who was arrested yesterday outside his residence without incident, located at 1905 Miner, Apt. 2. in Muskegon. Neighbor Tim Graves said Paiva was a “nice guy.” Paiva had lived in the apartment for the past 10-years and worked at a nearby gas station that was recently closed. His only prior run-in with the law was a 1974 drug conviction in Massachusetts, where he served 2-years in jail. We have also learned that Paiva owed the city of Muskegon $3,000.00 in back income taxes. He was supposed to be in small claims court for that charge this month but never showed. Click here for video report on Paiva

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