Man Pleads Guilty in 2003 Death of Mo. Teenager

Posted: Nov 1, 2013 9:08 AM by The Associated Press
Updated: Nov 1, 2013 10:24 AM

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FORSYTH (AP) - A man who always was a suspect in the 2003 death of a southwest Missouri teenage mother has admitted that he killed her.

Forty-year-old Philip Dodd will be sentenced Jan. 9 after pleading guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Becky Sutton of Hollister.

Dodd admitted he strangled Sutton in March 2003 and dumped her body in the Mark Twain National Forest in Taney County. Sutton's 2-year-old son was left alone when she disappeared. Sutton's body was found in February 2004.

KYTV reports Dodd was a suspect from the beginning but investigators didn't have enough evidence to charge him until March 2013.

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell said the guilty plea does not include a deal for a recommended sentence.

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