In August 1996, Cayce Lynn McDaniel had just started her freshman year at Milan, Tennessee, High School. On August 16, 1996, she went to a back-to-school party at Double Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church (West Tennessee Presbytery) just outside of Milan. A family friend gave her a ride home a little after midnight and waited until Cayce entered the house. Cayce was never seen again.

Despite vigorous investigation by police and the FBI in the late-1990s, clues dried up and the case went cold. Milan police never abandoned the investigation, however. On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, Gibson County District Attorney Gary Brown announced that long-time suspect Finis “Pete” Ewin Hill III, 67, has been indicted for McDaniels’ alleged rape and murder.The evidence which led to Hill’s indictment has yet to be revealed.

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Matthew Gore

Matthew Gore

Matthew H. Gore is a British journalist, historian, popular culturist, archivist, and educator residing in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the immediate past-president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists and is best known for his book The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kentucky to 1988 (2000). He has also published on a variety of topics as diverse as The Origin of Marvelman (a British superhero of the 1950s and 1960s), the relative scarcity of East German philatelics, and the biography of British pulp artist, Denis McLoughlin. He is employed by the Ministry Council of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the Cumberland Presbyterian Center in Memphis, Tennessee, as editor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Magazine and as publications manager. He has been associated with both Western Kentucky University, which honored him with their James H. Poteet Award, and the University of Kentucky. He also serves as editor for all Boardman Books (Memphis, Tennessee) publications.
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