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Authorities identify suspect in disappearance of Julia Mudgett

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CHARLESTON, SC - As a result of the investigation into the disappearance of Julia Mudgett of Hollywood, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office believes that there is sufficient evidence that indicates Julia Mudgett's disappearance was caused by foul play. 

While working with detectives from the Bluffton Police Department, both agencies believes that there is a link between our missing person investigation and their homicide investigation involving Polly Ann Mitchell.

Over the past few days, the investigation developed very rapidly. Detectives are now able to identify Jerry Lee Manigault as a suspect in the disappearance of Julia Mudgett. Currently, Manigault is being held at the Sheriff Cannon Detention Center on unrelated charges.

Manigault was arrested in Beaufort County by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and the US Marshall Fugitive Task Force on May 12, 2014, for having an outstanding arrest warrant for failing to Re-Register as a Sex Offender. He's also being held for possession of cocaine.

On May 12, 2014, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Charleston County Sheriff's Office recovered the vehicle belonging to Julia Mudgett, 77, who was reported missing from her Hollywood home on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The vehicle was located near a boat landing on Tuten Landing Road in Ridgeland, S.C. The vehicle is described as a burgundy in color 2002 Hyundai Elantra, SC HHC 851. The vehicle was towed back to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office where it was processed and remains.

Friends of Mudgett tell News 2 there is a vigil for her Wednesday night at p.m. at the LDS Church on Sam Rittenberg.

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