Florida cold case: Missing Tampa woman’s remains still not found 35 years later

Florida cold case: Missing Tampa woman’s remains still not found 35 years later

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida law enforcement officials are still searching for the remains of a Tampa native who disappeared from her Gainesville apartment 35 years ago.

Tiffany Sessions is believed to have been abducted and murdered by Paul Rowles, a convicted murderer who died in prison in 2013 while serving time for a kidnapping and sexual battery case, according to a report from the Gainesville Sun.

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On the afternoon of Feb. 9, 1989, the 20-year-old University of Florida student told her roommate she was going for a walk. She was never seen again.

Rowles was linked to Sessions’ disappearance by a cold case detective in 2013, according to the Gainesville Sun. Kevin Allen discovered a possible reference to Sessions while pouring through Rolwes’ notebook.

“2/9/1989,” the date Sessions was last seen, was written on the page. The notebook also contained mentions of two women he killed, including a student at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville.

Sessions’ disappearance is known for prompting the largest law enforcement search operation in the history of Florida. According to the Gainesville Sun, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office is still fielding potential leads to this day.

Hillary Sessions, Tiffany’s mother, hopes enduring interest in the case will help law enforcement track down her remains and finally bring closure to her family.

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