Police make arrest in decade-old sex slaying of Edmonton girl
Edmonton police have made an arrest in the 11-year-old murder of Corrine (Punky) Gustavson. The six-year-old girl was snatched from her front yard in 1992. Her body was found two days later.
Police Chief Bob Wasylyshen announced Friday afternoon that Clifford Matthew Sleigh, 40, will be charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.
Currently Sleigh is serving a 13-year sentence for sexual assault, and forcible confinement.
Sleigh will be brought from Alberta's medium-security Bowden Institution to Edmonton on Monday to face the charges.
Police released new DNA information last September in the hope that it would lead to a breakthrough in the cold case.
"Although I know that Punky's family continues to experience the pain of losing her I hope that today's arrest will help bring some closure to the 10-plus years that they have had to live with this uncertainty," Wasylyshen said.
"Any violent crime or homicide is shocking and abhorrent, but the murder of an innocent child is even more so."
Police received more than 5,000 tips following the girl's death.