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Alachua Sheriff: We Believe We Have Identified Tiffany Sessions' Killer

The Tiffany Sessions Project

A convicted murderer and rapist who died in jail last year has been named as a suspect in the disappearance of a University of Florida student 25 years ago. Tiffany Sessions went missing in 1989 while on an evening walk. She was 20-years-old.

Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell says it’s “highly probable” that Paul Rowles is the suspect in the disappearance.

"For us what has been significant was the journal entry on his calendar in his cell from the items that were seized," Darnell said.

"The notation #2- 2/9/89 which is the day that Tiffany went missing and has never been seen since and she is presumed to be dead."

Darnell says Rowles has been linked to the murder of another young woman in the Gainesville area and that he worked in the area where Sessions disappeared.

The sheriff’s office is digging where the other woman’s body was found to see if they can find Sessions’ remains.

Sheriff Darnell says they hope to find conclusive evidence that Rowles was involved in this case and are asking for the public’s help. Anyone with information should call the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office at 352-955-1818.

You can follow Karen Feagins on Twitter @karenfeagins.

Karen found her home in public broadcasting after working for several years as a commercial television reporter. She joinedWJCTin 2005 as the host of 89.9 FM’s Morning Edition and has held many different roles at the station in both radio and television. She has written and produced documentaries includingBeluthahatchee: The Legacy of Stetson Kennedy and Jacksonville Beach: Against the Tide and directed the oral history project, Voices of the First Coast.