Tama County missing person now a homicide case

Published: Nov. 10, 2016 at 12:15 PM CST
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The search for a missing Tama County woman is now considered a homicide case.

Cora Okonski disappeared in April 2000. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says new evidence and interviews have led investigators to now classify the case as a homicide.

Okonski was 23 and engaged when she went out to the store and never came home. Her fiance, Tait Purk, reported her missing the next day. The two had a rocky relationship with both reporting threats from the other, police have said.

Purk is currently serving prison time on federal drug charges and is scheduled to be released next year.

If you or anyone you know has any information or tips that could be beneficial to this investigation please call Iowa DPS Communications at (515) 323-4360 or email