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Arrest made in La. cold case murder of teen girl

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UPDATED 12:40 PM PT – Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Authorities finally made an arrest and charged a suspect in a cold case murder of a teenage girl. On Tuesday, the Alexandria Police Department in Louisiana arrested 43-year-old David Anthony Burns in connection to the death of 19-year-old Courtney Coco.

Burns is now facing a charge of second-degree murder.

Coco went missing in 2004 and her murder remained unsolved, despite her body being found in an abandoned building nearly 200 miles away from her home and just weeks after her disappearance.

Meanwhile, the recent arrest is being seen as a victory by officials who had worked on the case for years.

“First, I want to compliment the Alexandria Police Department and all of my people at the DA’s Office,” stated Phillip Terrel, Rapides Parish District Attorney. “This has been a very difficult case…it’s an old case that the APD and Sheriff’s Office have both worked very hard to bring to its appropriate conclusion.”

Officials said more details are to come and that their current priority is to not compromise the integrity of the case.

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