Arrest in Alan Watson’s murder

Earlier I wrote about fifteen-year-old Alan Perez Watson, who disappeared from Atlanta in 2001. He was classified as a runaway, but earlier this month the police identified his skull, which was found in northwest Atlanta in 2009. He’d been shot in the head.

Investigators have arrested Dion Sims and charged him with Alan’s murder. He would have been 26 or so at the time. I looked up Dion on my public records search thingy and it says he has a conviction for drug possession with intent to distribute. You can see a picture of him with this article. I think it’s impressive that they were able to nab a suspect so soon, given how cold the trail was and how little evidence was available. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says they got a lot of tips from the public.

I hope Alan’s family is relieved to hear this news.