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Man Charged With 1986 Murder Of Lexington Woman

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John Edward Miller John Edward Miller
Betty Carol Thomas Betty Carol Thomas

JACKSON, Tenn. - Authorities have charged a convicted criminal in the death of woman whose skeletal remains were found 27 years ago near Lexington.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday that John Edward Miller has been charged with first degree murder in the slaying of Betty Carol Thomas.

Thomas was 32 when she disappeared in March 1986. Authorities said she had left her home to meet someone at a pizza shop but never returned.

Thomas' remains were found in December 1986 in a recreational area south of Lexington. A medical examiner determined her throat had been cut.

According to the TBI, a witness called authorities earlier this year, saying Miller had confessed to killing Thomas in March 1986 and dumping her body near a "state lake." A second witness told authorities about overhearing a telephone conversation that Miller made prior to Thomas' disappearance detailing plans to kidnap her. The relationship between Thomas and Miller remains unknown.

DNA and other evidence submitted for more advanced testing led to the murder charge.

The 47-year-old Miller is imprisoned in Morgan County on an unrelated aggravated robbery conviction from Carroll County in 1986, where he was sentenced to 40 years in prison. He was out on bond when Thomas went missing.

He was paroled in 1995 and was arrested in Illinois on robbery and burglary charges which resulted in the revocation of his parole. Miller was sent back to Tennessee and has been incarcerated here since 2002.

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