RAY BROOK, N.Y. -- New York State Police Friday uncovered the remains of a 16-year-old girl who had been buried in a shallow grave in Jay, N.Y., six years ago.
Police say they believe the man who abducted and killed Kari Lynn Nixon in June 1987 is currently serving a 15-year term for bank robbery in a federal prison.
Police said the suspect, Robert Anthony Jones, 29, lived in the same town as Nixon and buried her less than two miles away from her home, near a secluded cabin on property owned by his father.
A police spokesman said Jones kidnapped Nixon at gunpoint as she was walking home in the hamlet of AuSable Forks. He allegedly raped her and then killed her the next morning.
'She met with a lot of violence in those last couple of minutes before her death,' said Gary Nixon, the dead girl's father. 'The police told us she was strangled and shot.'
Gary Nixon said his wife and three children mounted a nationwide search for Kari Lynn and never believed she had simply run away, even though there was no evidence of foul play.
'The troopers came within hours after she didn't come home,' he said. 'I told them we'd better start looking because someone had taken her.'
The family has traveled across the country to publicize Kari Lynn's disappearance and meet with investigators from other states. 'We get calls from time to time that someone's seen her and then we take off,' he said.
'We're just relieved that we know where our daughter is now,' he said. 'We'd known for a long time that something had happened to her.'
Nixon said police told him that Jones confessed to the slaying after calling police to say he knew something about Kari Lynn's disappearance. 'He was serving time and didn't like where he was and we were kind of a card in his pocket.'
Police would not say who led them to Nixon's remains.
Jones has not been formally charged, but police said they would present evidence to a grand jury in the near future.