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A cigarette butt proved to be the undoing of a man suspected of killing a girl in Utah 18 years ago, after a sheriff trailed him for four days to grab the DNA evidence.

Without the efforts of Wasatch County Sheriff Todd Bonner, the case would have been forgotten long ago. For Bonner, however, it was personal. As the original investigator in the bludgeoning death of the teenage prostitute in 1995, he couldn’t let it go.

“It was haunting me my whole career,” Bonner told The Associated Press on Friday. “It doesn’t matter that she was a street girl. This is a 17-year-old girl – a human being. I could care less what she did for a living. She was doing what she had to survive.”

The body of Krystal Lynn Beslanowitch was found Dec. 6, 1995, along the Provo River near Midway.

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This undated image provided by the Wasatch County, Utah, Sheriff’s Office shows Krystal Lynn Beslanowitch, 17, whose body was found Dec. 6, 1995, along the Provo River near Midway, Utah. A suspect, Joseph Michael Simpson, was arrested in Sarasota County, Fla., and will be brought to Utah within weeks to stand trial. (AP Photo/Wasatch County Sheriff?s Office)
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