Suspect indicted for murder & rape in 1996 disappearance of 14-year-old Tennessee girl

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GIBSON COUNY, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A suspect in the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl in West Tennessee has now been indicted for her murder.

October 19th, 2019, a Gibson County Grand Jury indicted Finnis Hill, known as “Pete,” with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated rape in the abduction, rape, and murder of Cayce McDaniel from her home in Milan in 1996.

Cayce McDaniel was reported missing from Milan in August of 1996. Family members said a chaperone had dropped her off at home after a church dance. She was discovered missing the next morning.

Cayce McDaniel

After more than 20 years, Hill was named a suspect in July 2018. Family members of McDaniel told ABC affiliate WBBJ-TV at the time that Hill had been on the radar of law enforcement for a while.

Hill was arrested in Mississippi on unrelated charges in June 2018. Investigators said Hill traveled from Tennessee to Mississippi with the goal of engaging in a sexual act with a minor. He was indicted by a grand jury in that case in July 2018.

Hill is being held in federal custody and will be brought back to Gibson County to face the charges in McDaniel’s murder.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone who believes they have information on McDaniel’s murder is asked to call Milan police at 731-686-3309 or the FBI tip line at 901-747-4300.

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