Fingerprints Tie Ill. Man to 1997 Slaying

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RACINE, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin authorities have arrested a 36-year-old Illinois man after saying his fingerprints match those on a bag used to suffocate an teenage runaway 17 years ago.

Racine County Sheriff Chris Schmaling said Tuesday that James P. Eaton of Palatine, Ill., was arrested Saturday in Chicago. He’s being held in Racine on $1 million bail on tentative charges of first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. Formal charges haven’t been filed.

Schmaling didn’t know whether Eaton has an attorney.

Eaton’s accused in the death of Amber Creek, a 14-year-old from Palatine, Ill. Her body was found in a Racine County marsh in 1997. She’d been beaten, sexually assaulted and suffocated with a plastic bag

The sheriff says DNA recovered from her body matched DNA from a cigarette Eaton recently discarded at a Chicago-area train station.

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