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Huge Break in Cold Cases on the Coast

NEWPORT, Ore.– Investigators on the Oregon Coast have announced a huge breakthrough in two cold cases from the 1990s.

Back in 1992, Lincoln County Deputies found the bodies of Sheila Swanson and Melissa Sanders in a wooded area near Eddyville.

In 1995, the bodies of Jennifer Esson and Kara Leas were discovered just north of Newport. All four girls were teenagers.

The Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office is now naming Bobby Jack Fowler as a suspect and person of interest in both those cases. Fowler was convicted of attempted rape in a different case in 1996, and died in prison in 2006 from lung cancer. He is also a suspect in a number of murders in Canada during the 1970s.

Canadian authorities have scheduled a news conference about the murders for Tuesday afternoon.

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