MARTIN COUNTY — A suspect in the unsolved disappearance of 10-year-old Andrea Gail Parsons in Port Salerno in 1993 has died at his home in Stuart.
Claude Davis, 76, died Tuesday, according to the Martin County Sheriff's Office. The cause of death wasn't immediately available.
In November 1993, Davis was arrested on a charge of false imprisonment in the case, but the charge was dismissed in 1994 because prosecutors lacked evidence at the time, according to court files. Because of the dismissal, Davis couldn't be prosecuted on other charges in the case.
According to court records, former Sheriff Robert L. Crowder said Davis and former Martin County resident Chester Duane Price, 42, confessed in 1997 to being involved in Parsons' abduction. Authorities allege Price and Davis put the girl in Davis' van and killed her. Supposedly she was struck in the head with a tire iron. Her body was never found.
Late last year Price, of Haleyville, Ala., was arrested on a grand jury indictment for kidnapping and murder in connection with the disappearance.
Parsons was last seen July 11, 1993, after buying candy and chips at Bucky's Port Salerno Grocery Store, about two blocks from her home on Southeast Ebbtide Avenue in Port Salerno.