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Man Arrested in Cape Cod Murder

June 6, 2003

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) _ A man was arrested in Missouri in the 1996 slaying of a Massachusetts social worker who was gunned down on a busy Cape Cod street in a dispute connected to her job protecting abused and neglected children.

Paul P. Dubois, 39, was taken into custody Thursday at a campground near Branson, Mo., on charges of murdering Linda Silva, who was shot in the head in Provincetown.

Dubois was one of hundreds of people Silva encountered through her job with the Department of Social Services who were interviewed by police after her death.

Investigators said he was not pursued as a suspect until new evidence emerged last fall. They refused to elaborate on the evidence or say how they found Dubois.

They also would not comment on a possible motive or say what the relationship was between Dubois and Silva.

However, Social Services Commissioner Harry Spence said Friday: ``Today we learned the thing we most feared. She was killed in the line of doing the work of protecting children. This is deeply sobering.″

After Silva’s death, the department adopted several safety measures, including outfitting reception areas of its offices with bullet-resistant glass.

Provincetown Police Chief Ted Meyer said he spoke with Silva’s family. ``We hope certainly that this will bring some level of comfort to the Silva family,″ he said.

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