Karen Hull has been waiting 20 years to find out what happened to her son Walter in 1990. She finally knows.

Two decades after the 16-year-old Puyallup boy disappeared, one of his former classmates has confessed to murder, police said. Troy Culver was charged this week with first-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in Lincoln County, Ore.

Walter Thomas Ackerson Jr. was born in 1973 and grew up in Eastern Washington’s tiny Kettle Falls. He was beaten to death, or close to it, 16 years later, 200 miles from home, when he was a student at a federal Job Corps center on the Oregon Coast.

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