Officials say body was not missing woman’s

The Associated Press

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WILMINGTON — Prosecutors say a murder charge remains against a Wilmington man even though testing shows a body found earlier this week is not that of the woman he is accused of killing.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said Thursday that medical testing shows the body found in a field was not that of 53-year-old Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk.

Fifty-one-year-old James Bradley was arrested and charged Tuesday with killing Vannewkirk.

Evangelous said he was surprised that the body was not Vannewkirk’s. Authorities have not determined whose body was found Tuesday. The chief says the search continues for Vannewkirk’s body.

District Attorney Ben David said Thursday he is not dropping the murder charge against Bradley.

Bradley was convicted in 1990 of killing his 8-year-old stepdaughter. He was paroled in February of last year.