Charges filed in 1991 Licking County cold case

Bonita Parker (Courtesy: Ohio Attorney General's Office)

NEWARK (WCMH) — Gustave Sapharas has been charged with aggravated murder and murder in Licking County Court of Common Pleas.

Sapharas, 72, was arrested Monday and is suspected in the 1991 murder of 21-year-old Bonita Parker. Parker’s body was found on the side of Mill Street Road near State Route 16 in Licking County on Aug. 13, 1991. At the time, authorities were looking at potential suspects but did not have enough evidence to make an arrest.

The charges were filed Wednesday. Sapharas’ arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7 at 8:30am. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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