2 arrested in 1984 rape, killing of Pennsylvania teen girl

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Posted: Oct 02, 2015 5:05 PM
2 arrested in 1984 rape, killing of Pennsylvania teen girl

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — Two men are facing charges for the 1984 rape and killing of a 14-year-old suburban Philadelphia girl found dead in woods along a road.

Bucks County authorities say 55-year-old George Franz Shaw, of Geneva, Florida, raped and killed Barbara Rowan inside his home, and 51-year-old Robert Scott Sanders, of Stroudsburg, helped dump her body.

Police say Shaw killed Barbara, who had baby-sat his daughter, while he was high on methamphetamine.

Sanders is charged with hindering apprehension.

Two weeks after Barbara's parents reported her missing in August 1984, her body was found less than a quarter mile from her Bensalem home.

Prosecutors are seeking to have Shaw returned to Pennsylvania. Sanders is jailed on unrelated charges.

Officials said the victim died of asphyxiation from an obstructed airway.

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This story has been corrected to show the victim died of asphyxiation, not strangulation.