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Palmer Township homicide suspect caught in Colorado

PALMER TWP., Pa. - The manhunt for a Palmer Township man accused of killing his wife has ended.

Edgar Himel, 80, was taken into custody by the Sterling Police Department in Colorado on Saturday, according to the Palmer Township Police Department.

Himel is accused of shooting his wife Penny VanTassel-Himel, 66, on July 4. Her body was discovered three days later in their Palmer Township home.

According to Palmer Township police, investigators received information that Himel had stayed at hotels in Nebraska and was traveling westbound.

Law enforcement agencies along the Route 80 corridor in Nebraska and Wyoming were alerted by Palmer police that Himel was a homicide suspect.

Information was received on Friday that the vehicle in which Himel had fled from Palmer Township was parked at a hotel in Sterling.

In the wake of Himel's capture, neighbors in the Palmer Township community where the homicide happened said they are breathing a sigh of relief.

"I noticed even in our area a lot of people weren't walking like they normally walk," neighbor Denise Young said. "Now we can be at ease." 

Himel is currently being held in Logan County Detention Center, Colorado, pending extradition to Pennsylvania.


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