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Suspect in 1986 rape, killing of girl arrested in Missouri

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Updated: 7/01/2013 1:47 pm
NORTH LAS VEGAS – Police in Ozark, Mo., arrested a 61-year-old registered sex offender for the murder and sexual assault of a 7-year-old girl in 1986.

Jasper Everett Goddard of Springfield, Mo., was stopped Thursday by Ozark police for a routine traffic violation. During the stop, the officer discovered a Nevada State warrant for the rape and murder of April Marie Rhodes.

Rhodes was found dead Nov. 24, 1986, after being reported missing from her home in the 2100 block of Statz Street.

Goddard was arrested without incident.

DNA recovered during the original investigation was used to identify Goddard as the suspect in this case.

Goddard is in the Christian County jail awaiting extradition to Nevada.

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