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Tip could help Citrus Co. detectives solve 1994 missing person case

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Detectvies searched a wooded area in Crystal River Thursday. Detectvies searched a wooded area in Crystal River Thursday.
Detectvies searched a wooded area in Crystal River Thursday. Detectvies searched a wooded area in Crystal River Thursday.
Margo Register vanished in 1994 at the age of 19. Margo Register vanished in 1994 at the age of 19.
Detectives believe that Willis Register may have killed his wife, Margo. Detectives believe that Willis Register may have killed his wife, Margo.
CRYSTAL RIVER, FL (WFLA) -

In a heavily wooded area of Crystal River Thursday, members of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office carefully sifted dirt looking for answers to what may have happened to Margo Register.

Citrus County Sheriff's Office detectives say that in 1994, Margo and her husband Willis Register, left their apartment after a day filled with arguments. The two went to a liquor store in town. Willis told detectives when he came out of the store his wife was gone.

"Mr. Register was a prime suspect back in 94. He's still the primary suspect in 2014," said Detective Corey Sharpe.

Now, a friend of the couple has come forward and told detectives he knows where Margo is.

The sheriff's office says the witness told them that Willis Register brought him back into a wooded area off of Balloon Lane and that is where he saw Margo's lifeless body. The witness said he panicked and ran off. Detectives believe Willis Register was trying to get the witness to help him get rid of the body.

Register is currently serving two life sentences in a Miami prison for killing a man just three months after his wife went missing. Detectives recently went to the see Register about the new lead. Detective Sharpe says Register denies knowing anything about this new information.

The sheriff's office started excavating the area on Monday and so far, they have not found anything related to the case. Sgt. Brian Spiddle says looking for remains after twenty years offers its own challenges.

"Metal rusts. Clothing deteriorates. Bone deteriorates. They get scattered by scavengers and animals so it is very difficult at this point," Spiddle said.

The sheriff's office says they are confident they are searching the right area where Margo Register is buried because of positive hits from cadaver dogs that were brought in.


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