Man Charged in Long-Unsolved Murder Case

Man Charged in Long-Unsolved Murder Case

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged an Illinois prison inmate with two felonies in the long-unsolved 1990 murder of a 24-year-old woman found in Utah.

It took 13 years before authorities could identify the remains of Patricia Candice Walsh after her body was found by deer hunters near the mouth of a canyon in Millard County. She died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head.

Felony aggravated murder and kidnapping charges were announced yesterday against Robert Ben Rhoades. The 60-year-old former truck driver from Houston is serving a life sentence in Illinois for strangling a 14-year-old girl.

Walsh and her husband had left their Seattle-area homes in November 1989, traveling south to Georgia to preach the Christian gospel.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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