A 61-year-old man has been arrested in New York in connection with the rape and murder of an Idaho college student
NYPD and Idaho cops on Thursday nabbed Bruce Marchant, 61, at the Veteran's Administration Hospital on East 23rd Street in Manhattan.
He's been charged with murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of Sierra Bush, an 18-year-old honors student at Boise State University who disappeared on September 27.
Bush, who also goes by the name of Simon, was found a month later — strangled and naked near a creek in Idaho City in October.
'He's horrific,' Bush' father, Phil Bush, told the New York Daily News after the arrest. 'What he did was just horrible.'
Phil Bush added: 'That they figured out who it was and apprehended him all the way over in New York is something wonderful about our system.'
Idaho police had been keeping tabs on Marchant for much of the investigation, which spanned some 200 interviews over the past months.
On Tuesday, cops got wind of his location and reached out to NYPD for assistance in the arrest.
'They had been keeping an eye on him,' prosecutor Brian Naugle told the News.
'They were following his whereabouts throughout the investigation.'
Idaho authorities say they will seek to extradite Marchant back to Idaho. The timing of that isn't clear.
Marchant recently lived in a home owned by Bush's father, the Idaho Statesman reported.
Marchant previously served 20 years in Idaho prisons following an armed robbery and assault on a police officer in northern Idaho.
Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray said Marchant was released on September 26, 2008, after serving the full 20 years.
'We are confident that the case will be successfully prosecuted,' said Bart Green, Bush's stepfather.
'And we look forward to a successful conviction, so that it provides a measure of justice for Sierra and, hopefully, so that this individual is taken off the streets for the rest of his life — so he can never harm anyone again.'
Boise County Chief Deputy Coroner Mike Johnson said Bush's cause of death was a type of asphyxiation, but didn't provide additional details.
He said she died shortly after she was reported missing on September 27.
Elderly man who 'raped and killed university student and dumped her body in an Idaho creek' nabbed at VA hospital in New York City Dailymail 9 December 2016