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Police in Florida reopen 2 murder cases from 1979

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LAKELAND, Fla. — The unsolved cases of two women slain in 1979 have been reopened by police who believe the murder suspect was in town when they disappeared.

The Lakeland Police Department reopened the cases of Ida Ingles, 22, who was found in a field in 1979, and Letha Mae Williams, 21, whose skull was found in a trash pile the following year, The Miami Herald reported in its Monday editions.

Police in Broward County believe Eddie Lee Mosley, 53, fled to Lakeland from Fort Lauderdale in the summer of 1979 while detectives were investigating four slayings. He stayed in Lakeland until the wrong man, Jerry Frank Townsend, was charged with the murders.

Townsend, 49, was released last month after 22 years in prison after DNA testing cast doubt on his guilt. Townsend, who is mentally retarded, had confessed to six murders and a rape in 1979.