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Man charged with murder, held on $1 million bond for Cuyahoga Falls Barbara Blatnik cold case

Posted at 12:43 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 12:45:09-04

STOW, Ohio — The man accused of killing Barbara Blatnik more than 30 years ago is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond.

James E. Zastawnik, is charged with murder, an unclassified felony, according to Stow Municipal Court. Since the case is a felony, no plea was entered, according to Stow Municipal Court.

On Dec. 20, 1987, authorities found the body of Blatnik, who was 17 at the time, in a wooded area near Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. She was nude and her injuries were consistent with having been strangled, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

The case was cold for decades until investigators said that they were able to connect Zastawnik to the crime through DNA evidence.

Zastawnik has a court hearing scheduled for May 13.

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