An Oregon man has been arrested in connection with the 2004 murder of 22-year-old Rebekah Gould. Arkansas State Police on Monday announced the arrest of William Alama Miller in Lane County, Ore., on Saturday night.
Gould was the daughter of Mountain Home dentist Dr. Larry Gould.
Miller, identified in the Arkansas State Police news release as a Cottage Grove, Ore., resident, had recently returned from an extended stay in the Philippines just prior to his arrest. Miller is being housed in the Lane County Jail in Eugene, Ore., pending an extradition hearing.
State police did not indicate what led them to suspect Miller and no affidavit had been filed in Izard County Circuit as of early Monday afternoon.
Rebekah Gould's killing
Rebekah Gould was last seen alive the morning of Sept. 20, 2004, at a Melbourne convenience store. She had just dropped a friend off at work before stopping at the convenience store.
According to reports, the 22-year-old had gone that weekend to visit friends in Guion, a small town south of Melbourne on the White River, and later failed to return to her junior college in Fayetteville.
When investigators searched the residence where Gould was staying, they found a large amount of blood in various parts of it, which led them to believe she had been taken by force. Gould's car, car keys, purse and money were all found at the house.
Gould's disappearance sparked a community-based search across Melbourne and much of Izard County.
Her body was found a week later off a 35-foot embankment off Arkansas State Highway 9, about five miles from Melbourne. The cause of death was believed to be a single blow to her head.
The Arkansas State Police pursued clues and interviewed multiple people in connection to the 16-year-old murder, which remained an active investigation and was never classified as a cold case.
Two years ago, Larry Gould appeared on an episode of "The Dr. Oz Show" to discuss the September 2004 murder of his daughter. That episode also included Catherine Townsend, a true-crime author, licensed private investigator and the host of "Hell and Gone," a podcast that documented Townsend's investigation into the unsolved murder case.
In Gould’s first segment, Dr. Oz asks him to describe his daughter for the audience.
"She was a truly beautiful spirit. She was filled with love and kindness. She had a huge heart. She would do anything for anybody at any time," he said.
"She was a fighter. She was a rebel. Spunky. She was, in the words of her sisters, absolutely fearless. She was probably a bully’s worst nightmare," Gould said, a small smile slowly spreading across his face as he recalled a warm memory.