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Missouri man charged in killing of woman 3 decades ago

(AP) – A 65-year-old man has been charged in the killing of a southwest Missouri woman more than 30 years ago.

Lawrence Gene Timmons, of Pierce City, was indicted Friday and is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of 31-year-old Cynthia Smith, of Aurora.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Smith’s body was found in August 1988, in the Dry Valley Cemetery area near Pierce City, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Springfield, Missouri.

She was last seen about a week earlier leaving a bar with a man. A babysitter filed a missing person’s report when Smith didn’t collect her 4- and 8-year-old sons.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Timmons. He also faces multiple forgery and unlawful firearm possession charges in unrelated cases.

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