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Man arrested for 2004 cold case murder of Rebekah Gould

Man is arrested after returning from the Phillipines over 2004 cold case murder of Arkansas woman who he ‘bludgeoned to death then dumped by side of a highway’

  • William Miller, 44, was arrested in Oregon, where he now lives, for murdering Rebekah Gould in Melbourne, Arkansas, 16 years ago 
  • He was visiting the town when the 22-year-old was bludgeoned to death 
  • Rebekah’s body was found a week after she vanished, thrown on a hillside next to a highway 
  • Three months ago, police turned on Miller as a suspect; it’s unclear why 
  • They had to wait for him to return from the Philippines where he had been for an ‘extended’ period of time
  • Detectives flew to Oregon this week when he returned to interview and arrest him
  • It’s unclear what his alleged motive was or even if he knew Gould 

A man has been arrested after returning to the US from the Philippines for the 2004 cold case murder of an Arkansas woman who was found bludgeoned to death by the side of a highway. 

William Miller, 44, was arrested in Oregon, where he now lives, for murdering Rebekah Gould in Melbourne, Arkansas, 16 years ago. 

It’s unclear what drove detectives to hone in on him but he became a suspect three months ago. 

Miller was living in the Philippines at the time. He was arrested after returning to the US. 

Rebekah Gould

William Miller, 44, was arrested in Oregon, where he now lives, for murdering Rebekah Gould in Melbourne, Arkansas, 16 years ago

Police have not yet laid out their evidence and it’s unclear if he even knew Rebekah. 

He was visiting the town from Texas when he is alleged to have killed her by bludgeoning her to death in her apartment.

Her mattress had blood stains on it and had been flipped over.

The 22-year-old’s body was found a week later on a hillside.  

It’s not clear what Miller’s alleged motive was for the crime. Police never revealed if she had been sexually assaulted.

Rebekah's body was found on the side of this highway in Arkansas a week after she vanished

Rebekah’s body was found on the side of this highway in Arkansas a week after she vanished

The 22-year-old's murder went unsolved for 16 years

The 22-year-old’s murder went unsolved for 16 years

Miller is believed to have left the Arkansas town shortly after the killing. 

For years, Rebekah’s murder was a mystery. 

It gained notoriety with the podcast Hell and Gone, which examined the case.

Miller’s arrest was announced on Facebook by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department on Monday night. 

They revealed that detectives from the Arkansas State Police had flown to Oregon to arrest Miller. 

He is now being held in custody in Oregon pending an extradition hearing to Arkansas. 

In a Facebook post, the sheriff’s department said: ‘The arrest occurred in Lane County Oregon after the state police special agent assigned to the case learned Miller had returned to his home following an extended stay in the Philippines.

‘Miller will remain in the Lane County Jail in Eugene, Oregon pending an extradition hearing.’ 

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