Tiffany Sessions case: Paul Rowles to be named suspect in her disappearance, 48 Hours says

U of Fla. student disappeared in February,1989

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Authorities in Gainesville are preparing to release new information, including a suspect's name, in the case of Tiffany Sessions.  The 20-year-old University of Florida student disappeared in February 1989 while walking along a wooded area near her apartment.

According to multiple sources, including , and CBS 48 Hours, the lead suspect is identified as Paul Rowles. He died in Feb. 2013 in a South Florida prison where was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office would not confirm the reports.

A news conference is scheduled for Thursday.

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The search for the business student almost 25 years ago gained nationwide attention.

"To commemorate Tiffany's disappearance and release new information on the case uncovered by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Squad, the Sheriff's Office will hold a press conference to announce significant developments in the investigation, including naming a suspect in Tiffany's abduction and probable murder," according to a news release from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

After she vanished, hundreds of law enforcement personnel and citizens combed the woods and swamps near Tiffany's apartment. Her face appeared on billboards and fliers around the state.

20 detectives have worked the case since Tiffany went missing.

Thursday's news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m.


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