Alachua County Sheriff’s Office detectives cleared the crime scene tape from their excavation site Friday morning.
They’d found no sign of Tiffany L. Sessions’ remains nor the portable music player and wristwatch she took with her before her 1989 disappearance.
The site, located off U.S. 441 south of Williston Road, was where the body of another Gainesville student linked to convicted sexual predator and murderer Paul E. Rowles was found in 1992.
Santa Fe student Elizabeth Foster was found beaten in a shallow grave. Her murder was later linked by DNA to Rowles, who was named Thursday as the Sheriff’s Office’s prime suspect in Sessions’ disappearance.
The Sheriff’s Office started searching for Sessions’ remains again a few years ago after a link was made between Foster and Rowles.
Pat Sessions said he is hopeful he will someday give his daughter a proper burial.
“It was very disappointing. We really felt we had a real good shot,” Sessions said. “But we’ve got a much better chance of finding her now that we know who took her.”
Rowles died in a Miami-Dade County prison Feb. 12 at age 64. He received a life sentence for first-degree murder in July 1976 and was paroled in December 1985, according to Florida Department of Corrections records.
He was later convicted for a January 1994 sexual battery, armed burglary and indecent assault on a child under 16.
Detectives didn’t get to ask Rowles about Sessions. However, he’d written in an address book he kept in prison notes about Foster, the date of Sessions’ disappearance and information on his 1972 murder victim.