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2 suspects in 1979 slaying arrested

September 20, 2006

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— Two suspects in the 1979 slaying of a college student in Michigan have been arrested in West Virginia, and an arrest warrant has been issued for a third suspect in Pennsylvania.

James Nelson, 58, and Freddie Parker, 49, were arrested on Monday in Charleston on fugitive from justice warrants, said C.K. Zerkle, a state trooper.

Nelson and Laurie Swank of Nescopeck, Pa., are each charged with first-degree murder and two counts of felony murder, according to court records in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Charges against Parker and information about Swank were not available.

The three suspects are accused of killing Janet Chandler, who was reported missing on Jan. 31, 1979, from her night shift job at the Blue Mill Inn in Holland, Mich. A snowplow driver discovered the body of the 23-year-old Hope College student a day later along Interstate 196.

Zerkle said a fourth suspect arrested in February in Michigan, 66-year-old Robert Michael Lynch, provided information that led investigators to West Virginia.

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