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Mystery of army soldier who disappeared on the way to her barracks solved after DECADES

THE MYSTERY of an army soldier who disappeared on the way to her barracks in 1982 has been solved.

A convicted murderer, who was already serving a life sentence for unrelated murder, has been charged in the death of René Dawn Blackmore, who was found dead by a roadside shoot-out three decades ago.

Blackmore was assassinated in 1982

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Blackmore was assassinated in 1982Credit: AP
McCluster was already serving a life sentence when he was served with a warrant for Blackmore's death

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McCluster was already serving a life sentence when he was served with a warrant for Blackmore’s deathPhoto credit: Georgia Department of Corrections

Marcellus McCluster, 64, was in a correctional facility near Augusta when he was served with a warrant for the death of then 20-year-old René. Fox News reported.

Officials said the convict now faces one count of murder and four counts of murder.

Blackmore was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgiawhen on April 29, 1982, she disappeared from the city in front of the military installation on her way to her barracks.

A month later, officers found the Arizona native’s wallet and sweater a few miles from the army post.

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Blackmore’s remains were finally found next to a logging road on June 28, 1982.

During a news conference Thursday, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds said it was determined that she died from a shotgun blast.

Reynolds formed a cold case unit made up of retired GBI investigators in 2020 after Blackmore’s investigation stalled about a year after her death.

Reynolds said that Blackmore’s death was an initial focus of the unit.

He did not reveal the information that led them to believe McCluster was responsible for the murder.

Assistant District Attorney Kimberley Schwartz said: “We don’t know what René Blackmore’s life would have been like. We know she couldn’t celebrate her 21st birthday.” Azcentral reports.

“But we have no way of knowing what successes she might have had… Whom she might have loved. What dreams she might have realized.”

“All of these things were extinguished by the explosion of a cheap shotgun.”

Blackmore’s mother, Donna Reitman, released a statement thanking officers for not abandoning the case.

“I lived those 40 years and always felt the pain that their absence caused,” Reitman said. “And to believe that nobody outside of their family and friends even cares.”

“With a grateful heart it was shown on March 28, 2022 that this belief is false.”

McCluster is scheduled for an April 25 indictment hearing.

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