Beauty Queen Murder

A 60-year-old man, charged with the 1982 murder of a teenage beauty queen in Carson City, has been arrested in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong says David Winfield Mitchell was booked Thursday, but no date has been set for his return to the United States.

He was charged in January with the murder of 18-year-old Sheila Harris, who was found dead in her apartment where Mitchell worked in maintenance.

An autopsy found the then-reigning Miss Douglas County had been sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled.

Furlong says Mitchell had been a suspect from the start, but investigators were unable to find physical evidence linking him to the crime.

He was arrested in the case in the 1980s, but released.

The sheriff says technology, unavailable at the time, has led to the latest arrest.

Mitchell was linked to the case through DNA found on Harris' body and clothing in 2000.

Furlong says he expects Mitchell to be extradited to the United States sometime in the next two weeks.


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