Man is arrested for the 1980 rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl after she didn't return home

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A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of teenage girl from North Carolina who was murdered almost forty years ago.

Robert James Adkins, 62, of Dobson, near Greensboro, North Carolina, was arrested on Friday and charged with first-degree murder and first-degree forcible rape of 14-year-old Ronda Blaylock.

Blaylock - August - Bowling - Alley - Friend

Blaylock disappeared in August 1980 after she had gone to a local bowling alley with her friend.

The pair had been walking home from the bowling alley in Rural Hall, North Carolina, when they were offered a ride from a man they didn't know, according to The Mount Airy News.

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After getting in the car, Blaylock's friend was dropped off completely unharmed, but Blaylock herself, never made it back home.

She was reported missing by her parents the same night and three days later her body was found in woods around 18 miles from where she was last seen.

Body - Signs - Death - Winston-Salem - Journal

Her partially clothed body showed signs she had been violently assaulted before being stabbed to death according to the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

However, leads went cold until very recently when the Surry County Sheriff's Office took another look at the case.

Agents - Officers - Case

Both current and retired agents and officers came back to work on the case.

The Ronda Blaylock Homicide Task Force was formed in 2015 to 'investigate new leads in the case' and test DNA evidence using techniques that didn't exist in 1980.

Investigation - Blaylock - Death - Mother - Rebecca

The investigation into Blaylock's death was relaunched after her mother, Rebecca, called in to authorities to ask what progress had been made on her daughter's case.

Former Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson told WXII that many interviews were re-conducted and evidence was reexamined.

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'There were people who were moved to other parts of the country who were contacted who were re-interviewed and after each one of those interviews, the task force would come together, look...
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