Detective: Cryptic note links dead killer to missing college student

Feb. 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM
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GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A note in a dead killer's address book is evidence he killed Tiffany Sessions, a Florida college student who vanished in 1989, detectives said Thursday.

But Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell told reporters at a news conference in Gainesville that identifying Paul Rowles as the man who abducted and killed Sessions does not end the investigation. She urged anyone with information on Rowles, who died of cancer in prison last year, to come forward.

Police have also been excavating a field where Elizabeth Foster's body was found in 1992. Like Sessions, Foster was a student in Gainesville and is believed to be one of Rowles' victims.

Rowles, a delivery driver, served 13 years for one killing and was imprisoned for a kidnapping and rape at the time of his death. He died before he could be tried for Foster's killing.

Warren and Hillary Sessions, Tiffany's parents, were at the news conference along with many of the detectives who worked on the case over the years.

Kevin Allen, who joined the Alachua County Sheriff's Office as a cold case investigator after retiring as a police detective in Fort Lauderdale said he found the note in Rowles' address book. The book was among personal possessions turned over by Joe Nilson, a Tennessee minister Allen described as Rowles' only friend.

Nilson was reluctant to help at first but quickly changed his mind after Allen asked him to take a look at the website.

In the book, Allen found what appeared to be a date, 2-9- 89, and the note #2.

"Since I've been working this case, if there's one date that's engraved on my brain, it's Feb. 9, 1989, the day Tiffany Sessions disappeared," Allen said. "And if Tiffany was real Rowles' victim, she would have been his second. That just defies any kind of random possibility -- it can only mean one thing."

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