A year ago, I put together a new nonprofit to fund new investigations into some of Ohio’s coldest cases. I’m so thrilled to announce that there has been an arrest made in our first case – the 1987 unsolved murder of Barbara Blatnik. James Zastawnik was arrested for the girl’s murder on Wednesday. Here’s a report from the Beacon Journal and USAToday.
Donna Zanath, Blatnik’s sister, said Wednesday
evening that she was in shock that an arrest had been made after all
this time. She credited Project Porchlight, a local effort lead by Akron
author James Renner that took on her sister’s case as its first attempt
to generate renewed interest in a cold case. Project Porchlight raised
$6,000 for DNA testing that helped with the Blatnik case.“Without James Renner, we wouldn’t be talking right now,” she said, choking back tears.