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After 35 years they capture the main suspect in the disappearance of a girl in 1986

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After 35 years, the police of North Carolina (U.S) managed to capture Thomas Eric McDowell, a 61-year-old man, who would be the main suspect in the disappearance and death of a 4-year-old girl in 1986. The body of little Jessica Gutiérrez was never found.

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The minor was abducted while she slept in her room with her older sister (6 years old), at their home in the county of Lexington, in South Carolina. As the News & Observer describes, the subject is charged with murder, kidnapping and first degree robbery in connection with the disappearance of the girl.

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On June 7, 1986, the day after his disappearance, Debra Gutierrez, mother of the child, found the window of the room open, but did not find her daughter. His sister only managed to say that “a man with the magic hat and the beard took it last night.”

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The disappearance of the little girl was investigated for decades by the authorities and the FBI. The case was reopened in 2008 and 2015, but in September of last year they resumed the investigation for the third time and managed to interview more than 125 people and review more than 3,500 files.

“We reviewed this case in September when special agents and FBI analysts assigned to its Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team and prosecutors from the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office came to Lexington.” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon told reporters.

Weeks after Jessica’s disappearance, a man who lived in Lexington he was captured after robbing a truck and raping a woman. After being sentenced, the subject confessed in prison that he had kidnapped a girl.

However, he did not want to testify about this case after a request for immunity was denied. A spokesman for the Lexington Sheriff’s Department did not say whether McDowell It was the incarcerated man who kidnapped the girl.

McDowell Listed on the sex offender registry by SLED, the South Carolina agency, for a crime committed in North Carolina in March 1987.

The authorities used the fingerprints found on the window of the family’s house Gutierrez to capture McDowell. He was also chosen from a list of photographs as the kidnapper, the arrest warrants obtained by the outlet say.

The subject was arrested on January 6 at his home on North White Street in Wake Forest, North Carolina, by city police officers. He is currently being held at the Wake County Detention Center in Raleigh without the right to bail.

“I’m glad that God brought me to see him”, said Debra Gutiérrez, Jessica’s mother, noted with relief. “I prayed that it would help me get through it, and we’ve waited for this for a long time.”, ended.

“The Gutiérrez family has been waiting a long time and we are happy to be part of another step in the process,” Koon said.

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