A news conference is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday in Ozark to announce the news.
Jackie Johns lived in Nixa and was a former beauty queen for her city's Sucker Days festival. She vanished after leaving work at a livestock auction barn cafe. Her car was found south of Springfield on U.S. 160.
Her body was found five days later in Lake Springfield. She had been beaten to death.
No one was ever charged in her slaying, though one suspect was dogged by police for years. That man, Gerald Carnahan, was later convicted of attempted kidnapping in an unrelated case.
Christian and Greene County cops are holding the news conference. More news in this space, and across the media spectrum, when it happens.
Edited @ 8 p.m. Carnahan is charged with first-degree murder and rape. The probable cause statement is damning; it says Carnahan's DNA was taken on August 8, and it's a match to evidence saved from Johns' death.
Before this is all over, Gerry Carnahan will have much to say.