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Body of girl is exhumed to seek clues in '71 slaying

TILTON, N.H. -- Thirty-five years after Kathy Lynn Gloddy's death, authorities exhumed her body yesterday to search for clues in her slaying.

Gloddy, 13, left her home in Franklin on the night of Nov. 21, 1971, with her German shepherd and stopped at a store on an errand. The dog returned home. She did not. Her body was found on a dirt road the next day. She had been raped, beaten, strangled, and run over. No one was ever charged.

In March, Ed Dukette, 62, now of Old Town, Fla., told police he needed to be arrested for Gloddy's death. Dukette, who was an upstairs neighbor of Gloddy's in 1971, has since recanted his story, but State Police said they hope new technology can help them solve her slaying.

``There are things available today that were not available 30-some-odd years ago," Captain Russ Conte said.

Authorities previously renewed their investigation in 1983 and 2004.

In his discussion with police, Dukette had said he was fond of the girl and often took her fishing, ``petting and feeling on her each time," according to a police report. Dukette had said Gloddy died during one of their trips; he said she fell in the water, and by the time he retrieved her, she was limp.

When he backed off on his statements, Dukette said he had had ``strange thoughts" after a spinal tap and ``thought I was guilty about something, but I am not sure that is so."

In 1970, according to the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, Dukette served four months in prison for attempted statutory rape of a girl in Franklin. In 1973, he was convicted of rape in Los Angeles County and served nearly four years in prison.

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