A 62-year-old truck driver has been arrested and charged in the killing of an intern working in the Denver area nearly 40 years ago.

Authorities announced the arrest of James Curtis Clanton on Monday, crediting a combination of DNA analysis and old-fashioned police work for the break in the investigation of the 1980 slaying of 21-year-old Helene Pruszynski.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said Clanton was arrested in Union County, Florida, and extradited to Colorado over the weekend.

He was being held in jail and it's not clear if he has a lawyer representing him yet.

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