Suspect in murder of Spanish Fork resident Peggy Sue Case appears in court 29 years later

Michael Ignatius Kufrin. Photo: Utah County

PROVO, Utah, Nov. 13, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — The main suspect in the murder of Spanish Fork resident Peggy Sue Case, who disappeared 29 years ago, made his first appearance in a Utah courtroom Monday after being extradited from Illinois last month.

Michael Ignatius Kufrin, who was the live-in boyfriend of Case when she disappeared, was a longtime suspect in the case, which had gone cold because no body was found.

The investigation heated up again last spring when the then-resident of Case’s former Spanish Fork residence, at 80 N. 800 East, decided to dig up the depressed area in the shed floor before moving out. The man discovered skeletal remains with teeth that matched Case’s dental records.

With evidence from the original investigation that started back in July of 1988 and
evidence from the investigation after the remains were found, investigators drafted an
affidavit in support of an arrest warrant for Kufrin, which was approved
by a judge.

Case was reported missing by her co-workers at a Medford explosives plant on July 15, 1988. She was 27 at the time she went missing. She was last seen at a party in Payson, at which she and Kurfin had been arguing.

Kufrin’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11.

A body found buried beneath a shed at this Spanish Fork home was determined to be that of former resident Peggy Sue Case (pictured). Photos: The Charley Project, Google Earth

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