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Sex Offender Sought in Student’s Death

June 7, 2006

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) _ Authorities said Tuesday they have issued arrest warrants for murder, rape and kidnapping against a Tennessee man in the death of a Clemson University student strangled with her bikini top.

Jerry Buck Inman’s DNA matched samples taken from Tiffany Marie Souers’ apartment, said State Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert Stewart.

Police are still searching for Inman, a 35-year-old construction worker who was registered as a sex offender in Florida for kidnapping and sexual battery. His last address is listed as Dandridge, Tenn.

Jennifer Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said Tuesday night the agency had active leads in Inman’s whereabouts.

Souers’ body was discovered about 12 hours after authorities think the junior was killed in her off-campus apartment early on May 26.

Souers, a 20-year-old civil engineering junior from Ladue, Mo., was wearing only a bra when she was found on her bedroom floor a few miles from campus. The bikini top was still around her neck.

Photos of a suspect trying unsuccessfully to use Souers’ bank card at an ATM were released last week, but the man’s face was covered mostly in bandanas. The surveillance photos also captured a sport utility vehicle, which authorities think may have belonged to the suspect.

The Souers family in suburban St. Louis was happy to hear authorities had found a suspect, said Souers’ 16-year-old brother, Trevor.

``There’s a sense of relief, but of course, anger, It just brings up all these thoughts and emotions.″

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