Ocilla Police Find New Leads in 1976 Child Slaying

12:03 PM, May 18, 2013   |    comments
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OCILLA, Ga. (AP) - Police in southwest Georgia say they're working to generate new leads in the unsolved slaying of a 7-year-old girl nearly four decades ago.
WALB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/10bA2uM ) police in Ocilla hope new information will lead them to the killer of young Faleshia LaFrance Battle, who was found suffocated in a neighbor's garden in 1976.
Ocillia police Det. Doug Douglas says promising leads and new information have come in since the department reopened the case two years ago. He's been interviewing potential witnesses and says updates in technology could also lead to a breakthrough in the 37-year-old killing.
The slain girl's mother, Arlenda Roberts, has been helping police revisit the crime. She still visits her daughter's grave every week and says, "It's been like a living nightmare."
Information from: WALB-TV, http://www.walb.com/

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