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    OK - Tiffany Johnston, 19, abducted & murdered, Bethany, 26 July 1997

    Bethany cold case reopened in hopes 19-year-old woman's killer will be found (Daily Oklahoman)
    BETHANY Investigators have reopened a 15-year-old unsolved homicide case with the hope a renewed focus will generate a resolution, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced.

    Tiffany Johnston, 19, was abducted July 26, 1997, from Sunshine Car Wash, 7709 NW 23. The next day, her body was found on Gregory Road in Canadian County, just south of Interstate 40. She had been strangled, the medical examiner's office determined.

    Despite numerous tips and leads, the case went cold in 2005.
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    I learned this myself from LE when reporting about unsolved homicides and am surprised so many writers fail to have learned it as well. An unsolved murder case can never be re-opened because they are never closed. Reactivated perhaps, but not reopened.

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    Just a matter of usage, really. The statute of limitations never runs out on a murder case. Thus, they can never be "closed" per se. But many thousands will never again be "opened" - they'll never see the light of day. Thus, using the term "reopened" to describe a case which has lain dormant for a time, like this one, is a perfectly suitable usage.

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    http://newsok.com/charges-filed-in-1...448457/?page=2

    A convicted rapist has been linked to an 18-year-old homicide because of advancements in DNA testing, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported Monday.

    William Lewis Reece, 56, of Houston, Texas, was charged Monday in Oklahoma County District Court with first-degree murder and kidnapping...

    DNA evidence collected from Johnston's body was tested multiple times, but it was recent forensic advancements that provided investigators with new information on this cold case. DNA found on Johnston's body led authorities to Reece.

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    Tiffany Johnston

    http://www.news9.com/story/31320512/...se-in-oklahoma

    A man charged with murder for an 18-year-old cold case in Oklahoma may now be connected to a mystery unfolding down in Texas.

    Police and Texas Rangers are digging up a field in Southeast Houston, and news crews there say it may be connected to some other cold cases in the area...

    News 9 was told multiple agencies are involved, but so far they aren't saying much about their progress. They are also not revealing the reason for the dig. They do say it’s an active investigation.

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    The process to resolve several-decades-old murder cases hit a standstill over whether prosecutors in another state will seek the death penalty against the prime suspect. William Lewis Reece is suspected of killing several young girls and women in Texas and Oklahoma in the late 1990s.

    The only person Reece has been charged with murdering is Tiffany Johnston. The 19-year-old newlywed was murdered near Oklahoma City in 1997. However, it wasn’t until September of 2015 that Reece was charged with her murder. Johnston’s mother, Kathy Dobry, said she'll accept nothing less than the death penalty.
    http://www.click2houston.com/news/ca...t-a-standstill

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    http://www.click2houston.com/news/in...r-out-of-state

    An accused killer being held in the Friendswood City Jail was served with legal paperwork Thursday, notifying him Oklahoma prosecutors were seeking his transfer to their state. William Reece, who is a suspect in three Texas murders, is charged with capital murder in Oklahoma....

    “At this point it is our intent to get him back to Oklahoma, where he can answer for those charges,” said Galveston County prosecutor Kevin Petroff.



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