Alexa Helwig

Suspect in 1991 unsolved homicide extradited to Licking County

by Alexa Helwig on March 2, 2017 at 4:25 pm

LICKING COUNTY, Ohio – The murder suspect in a 1991 unsolved homicide has been transported to the Licking County Justice Center today.

Gusatve Sapharas was arrested Monday at his North Canton home in connection to the death of Bonita Parker of Columbus, Ohio.

Parker’s body was found on Mill Street Road in Licking County in 1991. The case went cold after detectives did not have enough evidence to make an arrest, but in 2009, evidence was resubmitted and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation found Sapharas’ DNA to be a contributor.

In 2016, Licking County detectives interviewed Sapharas, and were able to obtain an arrest warrant to search his home.

He has been charged with aggravated murder and murder. He was being held in the Stark County Jail until he was extradited to Licking County today.