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A 23-year-old girl who disappeared from a truck stop outside Atlanta in 1989 and was found dead two days later has stumped investigators for more than 30 years. Authorities say this week they finally identified and arrested the man responsible. Larry Padgett, 59, was arrested Wednesday and charged in the cold case of the murder of Mary Louicile Willfong, authorities announced.
On Nov. 21, 1989, deputies found Willfong’s body after deer hunters spotted her body off a road, according to a news release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. Investigators say they received multiple leads indicating that witnesses had seen Willfong at the farmer’s market, where she got into a tractor-trailer with a man.
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Larry Padgett is 59 years old.
Authorities searched for several suspects, interviewed and took DNA samples from several people, but said none of them matched the victim’s DNA. As the leads dried up, the case went cold and was eventually closed unsolved. In March 2019, a detective reopened the case, and with the benefit of new DNA technology, the detective submitted the original evidence for analysis himself in a crime lab.
A genealogy trace was conducted and authorities were led to a man in Indiana. Warrants were issued for his arrest, and detectives traveled to Indiana, where they helped apprehend Padgett. While there, investigators say they obtained additional evidence linking Padgett to the murder of Mary Willfong.