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Joan Diver's Husband Issues Statement on Bike Path Suspect

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – The husband of a Clarence murder victim has released a statement to the UB community in response to the arrest of Altimio Sanchez. Authorities say DNA points to Sanchez in the September murder of Joan Diver. But he has not been charged in that case.

WBFO News has obtained a statement from UB Chemistry professor Dr. Steven Diver. He says he is relieved than an arrest in the bike path killer has been made.

Diver noted that the community is "safer" because of the arrest. He thanked the efforts of the joint task force that has been investigating the case and the murder of his wife, and the UB community for its support over the past several months.

Sanchez is being held without bail for allegedly killing Majane Mazur of Buffalo, killed in 1992. Investigators also claim DNA links him to the 1990 murder of UB student Linda Yalem.

But Sanchez's defense attorney has requested DNA samples from the victims to conduct their own testing and says his client maintains that he is innocent.

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