Florida cold case suspect arrested in Trinity County

Apr 30, 2015 4:24 PM by News Staff

A Trinity County man has been arrested for allegedly beating a 31-year-old woman to death outside a Florida motel 15 years ago.

The Trinity County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that they arrested 61-year-old Douglas City resident Rodney Manley for his role in the 15-year-old cold case.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, on April 28, 2000, a woman's body was found outside a Clearwater, Florida motel on April 28, 2000. The case went cold, but new DNA evidence led Clearwater investigators to Manley and northern California, where they, along with Trinity County deputies arrested Manley Wednesday.

Manley is being held in the Trinity County Jail and awaiting extradition back to Florida.

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