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A 43-year-old Michigan man has been arrested in the homicide of 21-year-old Sarah Perry, who was found strangled to death in a garbage can in 2000.

Authorities picked up Jason Sanford in Westland, Mich., where he will be held until he's extradited to Hamilton County, according to a press release from the Hamilton County District Attorney General's Office. He was indicted Tuesday afternoon after prosecutors presented his case to a grand jury.

The release says Perry was last seen alive on the morning of June 14, 2000. The following afternoon, two 12-year-old boys playing in Spring Creek in East Ridge found her partially nude body in a garbage can.

Perry called East Ridge Police around 4:11 a.m. on June 14 asking them to check on her Lockhart Lane home for Sanford, her estranged ex-boyfriend. Sanford had hurt her and was trying to find her, the release says.

An hour later, an officer stopped to talk to her as she walked along the 6400 block of Ringgold Road, the release says. She told the officer Sanford was angry because she'd ended their relationship.

She was last seen alive at 8:30 a.m. that morning, the release says.

Afterward, Sanford bought a one-way Greyhound ticket to Detroit, where he'd been living until the district attorneys office reopened the cold case with local law enforcement in May, the release says.

 

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