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An Alabama Man Reported His Wife Missing. Over 2 Decades Later, Cops Say He's Been Arrested for Her Murder.

Alabama Man Charged in the 2001 Cold Case Death of His Wife: Cops
Source: Dothan Police Department; Mega

Dwight Mills has been charged with his wife's murder, who went missing 22 years ago, police said.

Mar. 2 2024, Published 12:01 p.m. ET

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Nearly 22 years after an Alabama woman was found dead in a drainage ditch, authorities announced her husband has been arrested in connection with her death.

On Dec. 30, 2001, Dwight Mills, 69, reported his wife, 49-year-old Sharon Mills, missing, according to the Dothan Police Department.

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Officials located her body approximately a month later in the ditch in Holmes County near Bonifay, Florida.

Investigators in Dothan exhausted all leads and despite their efforts at the time, the case went cold.

Authorities said a periodic review of the old case file was completed, which led to new information on the case being uncovered.

This led investigators to reinvestigate all aspects of the case. Current investigators worked old and new leads, tips, and processed several pieces of evidence to solve the case.

As a result, investigators were able to gather enough information to obtain an arrest warrant for Dwight Mills on suspicion of his wife’s murder.

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On Feb. 26, Mills was arrested and charged with murder and abuse of a corpse, authorities said.

He was booked into jail and was being held on a $1.5 million bond.


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