US Serial Killer Confesses To Kidnapping, Killing 18-Year-Old Woman 44 Years After Case Went Cold

Carol Ann Barrett was 18 years old when her body was discovered in Florida in 1980.

Decades after the crime, a convicted serial killer on Thursday admitted to killing a young woman in Florida in 1980. fox 35, 65-year-old Billy Mansfield Jr. confessed to killing 18-year-old Carol Ann Barrett in 1980. He would have been 24 years old at the time of her death. The Jax Sheriff’s Office (JSO) posted on X (formerly Twitter) on Thursday that the cold case murder investigation is closed.

According to the post, on March 23, 1980, Barrett traveled from Ohio to Daytona Beach, Florida, with a group of high school friends. That same day, she was abducted from the now-demolished Treasure Island Motel in Daytona Beach Shores. Police said, “As a result of interviewing Carol’s friends who were in her room at the time of her abduction, a sketch of the suspect was completed.”

Barrett’s body was discovered the next day by a passerby along Interstate 95 near Pecan Park Road in Jacksonville, Florida, more than 100 miles north. An autopsy ruled her death a homicide. Authorities said in 2017 that Barrett was shot dead in an “execution” style and there was no sign of resistance. “Tragically, after years of hard work by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department and original jurisdiction detectives, this case has been ‘solved,'” JSO wrote to X.

The case was reopened in 2017 after considering all available evidence. Police investigated Mansfield as a person of interest in 2020, and he ultimately became a suspect in the boy’s murder, officials said. After multiple interviews, in September 2022, Mansfield stated that he was the person in her police profile and went on to confess to kidnapping her from her hotel and killing her shortly thereafter.

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Police say that despite his confession, Mr. Mansfield is currently serving a life sentence in a California prison for murder and is serving four concurrent life sentences for murder in separate cases in Florida. Since then, authorities have announced that they have decided not to prosecute. Police say he continues to work with investigators on other cold cases.

according to guardian, Mansfield had spent most of his life in legal turmoil related to sex crime charges. He was convicted of murdering five women in California and Florida. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1982. In an initial investigation, police discovered that he buried four bodies in the backyard of his Florida home before traveling to California and was arrested for killing his fifth victim.