Alachua Sheriff's Office expected to name suspect in 1989 case - FOX 35 News Orlando

Alachua Sheriff's Office expected to name suspect in 1989 abduction

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Patrick Sessions, father of Tiffany Sessions. Patrick Sessions, father of Tiffany Sessions.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WOGX FOX 51) -

Almost 25 years ago to the day, a University of Florida student was abducted, never to be seen again. 

Tiffany Sessions disappeared on February 9, 1989.  Her body has not been found.  Now, just days before the anniversary of her disappearance, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office is getting ready to make a big announcement regarding the case. 

Patrick Sessions, the missing woman's father, tells FOX 35 that investigators have identified 64-year-old Paul Rowles as a suspect.  Rowles, a convicted murderer and rapist, died in a state prison last year.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office will be holding a news conference on Thursday morning.  A spokesperson would neither confirm, nor deny to FOX 35 that Rowles is the suspect.  We were then referred to the Tiffany Sessions website, where both Tiffany's father and the lead investigator in the case both call Rowles the number one suspect in 20-year-old's disappearance. 

According to Florida Department of Corrections records, Rowles was sentenced to life in prison in 1976.  Rowles was released from jail in December of 1985.    Records also show Rowles went back to prison in July 1994 after being convicted on charges of kidnapping and sexual battery charges on a child under 16.  He was sentenced to more than a 100 years in jail but records show Rowles passed away while in custody on February 12, 2013.  

Tune in to FOX 35 News at 5 p.m. to hear interviews with the parents of Tiffany Sessions.

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