Suspect Arrested for 1999 Murder

State Police, St. Marys Police and the Elk County District Attorney's Office have announced the arrest of a suspect in the Irene Challingsworth homicide. Challingsworth was murdered in her St. Marys home on April 6, 1999. The state police Cold Case Unit re-opened the case in September of 2003. Thirty-three-year-old Larry Donachy has been arrested, and charged with criminal homicide. Trooper Bruce Morris of the state police said he could not release any further information, and referred us to Elk County District Attorney Brad Kraus, who did not immediately return a phone call. We'll have more information as soon as it's available.

Challingsworth was 57 years old when she died. She was stabbed in the neck several times at her home in St. Marys, from which she also ran a beauty shop. Her partially nude body was found by a customer.


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