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Arrest Made in 1985 Murder Case

10:17 PM, Jul 18, 2003   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, FL -- First Coast News has learned the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Cold Case team has made an arrest in a 1985 murder. A murder warrant was issued for James Elman for the murder of Julie Estes. Estes was kidnapped from a convenience store on Old Kings Road November 17, 1985. Her body was later found in the woods off Sun Beam Road. Elman was picked up today in south Florida from a facility that rehabilitates and houses convicted felons deemed sexual predators. Elman arrived in Jacksonville this afternoon and was booked into the jail. First Coast News has also learned Elman is being looked at in two other murders in the same area around the same time Estes body was found. One of the cases is the murder of 10-year-old Dana Loomis, who according to police reports was found in the woods October 23, 1985 near the 7200 block of Old Kings Road. Her body was found covered in pine needles. The other case is the murder of 15-year-old Christina Casey. According to police reports Casey's skeletal remains were found March 11, 1986 in a wooded area off the 7200 block of Powers Avenue. Casey was reported missing April 20, 1985 more than a year before her body was found. Elman was convicted in 1986 on sexual battery and kidnapping charges. According to police reports, Elman kidnapped a woman in Callahan, raped her, and forced her to drive him to Jacksonville where he was later caught. He was also convicted on aggravated assault charges in 1986, in case where he grabbed a woman and tried to pull her into a car. Elman was sentenced July 1986, to forty-two years in prison. He was released in July 1999, to the Florida Commitment Center in Arcadia, Florida where he has been living since. The newly formed Cold Case team of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit solved this case. The team was formed to look at unsolved murder cases that have been deemed cold because there are no new leads. A news conference is expected Friday where more details of the investigation will be released.

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