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Man confesses to murder, suspected in son's disappearance

Last week, a 53-year-old man confessed to stabbing his wife to death in Houma. According to news reports, the man walked into a Baton Rouge-area police station to inform officers that he had killed his wife, whom he had been married to since 2003. Apparently, he said he and his wife had been arguing about their rocky relationship, and he stabbed the 47-year-old woman in the face and neck.

Authorities say he drove around for approximately six hours with his wife's body in his vehicle before coming to a police station outside Baton Rouge. Officers booked the man into jail and charged him with second-degree murder. Bond was set at $1 million. He is scheduled for arraignment April 15.

This incident has caused Tacoma police to want to speak with the man about the disappearance of his young son 28 years ago at Point Defiance Park, which they believe could be a possible homicide.

In January 1983, the man and his son were fishing near the old Point Defiance Boathouse when they met a young girl who was accompanied by a woman and man. The boy's father explained that his son wanted to play with the little girl, so the children went off with the woman. He and the other man went for a walk around the pond and shared a beer that the other man, presumably the little girl's father, provided.

When the men returned from the walk, the children and the woman were gone. The men split up to look for the others, but then the other man also vanished. He reported his son missing, but police were not able to locate the boy.

A representative from the Tacoma police who handles cold cases stated the man is a "person of interest" in his boy's disappearance, as his story contained certain inconsistencies.

Source: The News Tribune, "Cold case back in news," Mike Archbold, 13 March 2011

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