by Jonelle Merrill, ABC 4 News reporter
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SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC 4 News) Just days after an arrest was made in the Sierra Newbold murder case, another family is wondering if the man accused could be linked to their own daughters murder 17 years ago.
Rosie Tapia was found murdered in 1995. Her manner of death and the details surrounding her abduction are eerily similar to Sierra Newbolds.
Both girls were taken from their homes, sexually assaulted, and drowned in a Jordan canal.
Rosies mother, Lewine Tapia believes the arrest of Terry Black might be a break in her daughters unsolved murder case.
"The guy does look kind of familiar," Tapia said. "The name just pops up in my head too."
ABC 4 Special Investigator Jason Jensen found out Blacks criminal record spans through four states, but determined he was living in Utah when Rosie was killed.
"He was a Salt Lake County resident at the time," Jensen said. "You cant say that he is ruled in, but you cant rule him out either."
Detectives in both cases say they plan on questioning Black about Rosies murder, once the details in Sierras case are wrapped up.
Lewine Tapia doesnt want to get her hopes up, but says this is the biggest connection to her daughters death in nearly two decades.
"Im just hoping I find out before I go," Tapia added. "I will be up in heaven with her, but I still wont know who took her."
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