Police in Florida have announced a major development in the case of 10-year-old Andrea Gail Parsons, who has been missing since 1993.
On Thursday, Martin County Sheriff's Department officials arrested Chester Duane Price, 42 and charged him with first-degree murder and kidnapping of a child under the age of 13, according to ABC News.
Price, a convicted felon, was always a person of interest in the case because he knew Parsons, authorities said. The Sheriff's Department did not divulge what evidence led them to arrest Price, noting that the investigation is still ongoing and more arrests could follow. Parsons' body has never been found.
Parsons was reported missing on July 11 after she left her house in a mobile home community in Port Salerno, according to the Palm Beach Post.
WPTV reports that witnesses said she waved to a local couple as they were driving by, and that was the last time she was ever seen.
In a 2003 interview with the Post, Parsons' mother Linda remained confident her daughter would be found.
“I still think she’s alive out there somewhere," she said. "I have to believe that.”