- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say that a man charged with killing a missing Wilmington woman whose body was found this week was out on parole after being convicted in the death of his stepdaughter a quarter century ago.

Authorities say 51-year-old James Opelton Bradley of Wilmington was charged Wednesday with first degree murder in the slaying of 53-year-old Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Vannewkirk had been missing since April 7th and a body believed to be hers was found Tuesday. Authorities are awaiting an autopsy for positive identification.

Authorities say Bradley was convicted in 1990 of killing his 8-year-old stepdaughter and tossing her body into a large trash container. Bradley was paroled in February of last year.

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