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Man Leads Police to Skeletal Remains

August 14, 2005 GMT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) _ A convicted bank robber led police to a set of skeletal remains believed to be those of Tamika Huston, a woman he once dated who had been missing for over a year.

Authorities hope to have the remains identified in the coming week.

Christopher Lamont Hampton, 25, was charged with murder in Huston’s June 2004 disappearance. He had been scheduled for release Friday from an Edgefield county prison after serving three months for violating probation stemming from a bank robbery conviction, but he was taken into custody instead.

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New forensic evidence linked Hampton to Huston’s disappearance, Spartanburg Public Safety Director Tony Fisher said. He would not release details, but he said the evidence was in addition to blood police found at Hampton’s former apartment.

Huston was recently spotlighted in a ``Dateline NBC″ report about the disappearances of attractive white women getting more media coverage than the disappearances of men or minorities.

Huston was black, and her aunt, a public relations representative, told NBC she tried for months without success to get the national networks to publicize her niece’s story.

``For our family, this day brings us both tremendous sadness and some sense of relief,″ Huston’s relatives said in a statement released after police announced the discovery of the remains Friday. ``While trying to come to terms with the fact that our Tamika will not return to us, we find comfort in knowing the person responsible for this most personal tragedy is being brought to justice.″