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Murder charge tossed in case of missing Sanford woman

Eric Quick had been charged with murder and kidnapping in the May 2004 disappearance of Linda Watts, who police believe was abducted as she walked home from her job in the mailroom at the Sanford Herald newspaper.

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SANFORD, N.C. — A judge on Tuesday dismissed charges against the first of four men tried in the disappearance of a Sanford woman.

Eric Quick, 38, was charged with murder and kidnapping in the May 11, 2004, disappearance of Linda Watts, who police believe was abducted as she walked home from her job in the mailroom at the Sanford Herald newspaper.

Her body has never been found.

Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks ruled prosecutors failed to link Quick to Watts' disappearance and presumed death, and he granted a defense motion to dismiss the charges.

Phillip Bunnell, Gilbert Stone Jr. and Frederick Spinks also have been charged in the case.

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