Ramsey suspect being looked at in Paulk murder case
By Marty Roney
PRATTVILLE—Investigators in the Shannon Paulk case are treating the man arrested in the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey as a suspect.
John Mark Karr was arrested Wednesday in Thailand and charged with the murder of Jon Benet. The 6-year-old was found dead in her Colorado home Christmas 10 years ago.
Shannon, 11, went missing from her Candlestick Park neighborhood Aug. 16, 2001. Her body was found seven weeks later in a wooded area about 15 miles north of Prattville.
Karr lived in Alabama, Georgia and Florida during the time of Shannon’s abduction and investigators say they are backtracking his whereabouts during that time frame.
But District Attorney Randall Houston said it is standard procedure to eliminate anyone who may be a suspect in the case. Investigators are urging the public to concentrate on the composite of the man released in Shannon’s case.
Most evidence points to him as the prime suspect, police say.
“I got chills when I found out about the arrest in the Jon Benet case,” Houston said.
“In Jon Benet’s case it shows that even after 10 years, there is still a chance for justice," he said. "I want to assure Shannon’s family and this community that not a day goes by that we aren’t working Shannon’s case. I fully believe that one day we will make an arrest and get a conviction.”
Houston, who represents Autauga, Elmore and Chilton counties, held a press conference this morning in Prattville.
He announced Gov. Bob Riley had offered a $10,000 reward for information in Shannon’s case. The city of Prattville also is offering $10,000 for a total reward of $20,000.
The disappearance of two other 11-year-old girls, one from north Alabama, the other from Georgia, also share a resemblance to the Paulk case, officials said earlier this week.