ATLANTA (AP) -- State crime officials say the 1974 disappearance
and slaying of a Georgia girl has been solved after investigators
say DNA and other clues point to a serial killer.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation declared the case solved in
a Wednesday statement, saying they developed evidence to support
the likelihood that serial killer Paul John Knowles killed 13-year-old Ima Jean Sanders.
Her skeletal remains were discovered in 1976 in a wooded area in
GBI agents said Knowles had gone on a multi-state crime spree in
1974, committing at least 18 killings.
He was apprehended in November 1974 near McDonough after
kidnapping a Florida state trooper and another man and killing
Authorities say Knowles was later shot to death by a GBI agent
while trying to escape from custody.