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David Mitchell, Central Park rape suspect, also "person of interest" in 2002 W. Va. murder, police say

Central Park rape suspect David Mitchell as he was led away by authorities, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. CBS New York

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Police said David Mitchell, who is already accused of raping a woman in Central Park on Wednesday, is also being looked at in the 2002 killing of a woman in West Virginia.

West Virginia State Police Sgt. C.F. Kane confirmed Friday that Mitchell was considered a "person of interest" in the disappearance of Barbara Flake, who was last seen in 2002. Her remains were discovered in 2004, which reclassified the case as a homicide.

Kane said Mitchell was previously considered a suspect, but there was never enough information or probable cause to make an arrest.

Mitchell was charged Thursday with rape and assault of a 73-year-old woman in New York's Central Park and is being held without bail.

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