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Gilmore, AR -- Melissa Simas reports

Gilmore Murder Case Remains Open

September 15, 2004 -- Posted 5:53 p.m. CDT

Gilmore, AR -- It's been nearly a month since 7 year old Patricia Ann Miles turned up dead in a soybean field in Mississippi County, still no one has been charged with her murder.

Fall is slowly approaching in the town of Gilmore and as the season changes, so does the way of life in this town of 300; a town that is still recovering from the death of 7 year old Patricia Ann Miles.

The little girl's photo no longer hangs in the grocery store where she was last spotted. Gilmore resident George Furr says kids no longer ride their bikes around town.

"The shock of this happening, you don't hardly see anybody, nobody come around like they used to," said Furr.

Furr says residents in Gilmore are curious about the fate of Jo Ann Buchanan, Patricia's former babysitter charged with her kidnapping.

"A lot of people want to know what the outcome will be when the trial come up," said Furr.

What kind of trial will Buchanan face?

2 weeks ago Crittenden County authorities indicated she would face capital murder charges for allegedly having suffocated the little girl. That hasn't happened yet. In a phone interview, Sheriff's Department Spokesperson Thomas Martin told K-8 news the longevity of this case is due in part to the fact they've been waiting on evidence to get back from the state crime lab. Some of that evidence did come back on Wednesday, but they're still waiting on a fingerprint trace. In addition, Martin says they've interviewed 100 people , and not all of their stories have matched up.

Martin calls it a complicated case, and is confident additional charges will be filed against Buchanan by next week.

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