Searching for a lost daughter

  • FILE--Tiffany Session, shown in this 1987 photo, has a strong resemblance to Paul Rowles’ first wife Linda Shaffer.

  • FILE--The resemblance Paul Rowles’ first wife, Linda Shaffer, pictured here at age 30, had to Tiffany Sessions helped investigators gain key evidence. COURTESY OF SESSIONS FAMILY

  • Early years: 1972 photo of Paul Rowles, the serial killer recently linked to the 1989 disappearance of Tiffany Sessions. COURTESY OF SESSIONS FAMILY

  • FILE--Detective W. Beck puts out police tape cordoning off a site in Gainesville, Fla., believed to be part of the investigation of the murder of Tiffany Sessions. CHABELI HERRERA

  • FILE--This undated image is of Tiffany Sessions, a student at the University of Florida who disappeared in 1989. Authorities have linked her disappearance to Paul Rowles, a serial killer who died in prison last year. Uncredited / COURTESY OF SESSIONS FAMILY

  • Linda Fida, a Miami flight attendant, was Rowles' first victim in 1972.

  • Elizabeth Foster, believed to be Rowles’ third victim.

  • Prison photo of Paul Rowles, who died while incarcerated in 2013.

  • Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell, right, embraces Patrick Sessions, the father of missing University of Florida student Tiffany, who disappeared in 1989. PHIL SANDLIN / AP

  • FILE--Hillary Sessions, the mother of Tiffany Sessions, talks to the media Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, after it was announced that a possible suspect has been named in the 1989 disappearance of her daughter Tiffany. The Alachua County Sherriff, Sadie Darnell named Paul Eugene Rowles, who is deceased, as the suspect in the case. PHIL SANDLIN / AP

  • FILE--Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell announces to the gathered media that detectives have identified a suspect, Paul Rowles, in the 1989 disappearance of University of Florida student Tiffany Sessions, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Gainsville, Fla. Rowles, a serial killer, died in prison last year. PHIL SANDLIN / AP

  • FILE--Patrick Sessions poses Aug. 1, 2001, in Miami with a photo of his daughter, Tiffany, who disappeared in 1989 in Gainesville. NURI VALLBONA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF