LAWRENCE, MA (AP) – A 74-year- an elderly man from Alabama was associated with 1988. killing of eleven-year- old girl in Massachusetts through DNA evidence, prosecutor said at arraignment of suspect on Friday.
Marvin S. McClendon Jr. was held without bail after being innocent plea to murder charge in connection with in death of Melissa Ann Tremblay was introduced on on his behalf in Lavrentievskiy District Court.
tremblay, of Salem, New Hampshire, was found in lawrence depot on September 12, 1988, the day after her disappearance was announced. She was stabbed and body was run over by train, authorities said.
Essex District Attorney’s Cold Case Division office have worked on case since 2014, and McClendon has long been considered “the man of interest,” the government said.
DNA profile of suspect taken from a girl body was linked to McClendon, prosecutor Jessica Strasnik said. in court on Friday. In addition, a van was seen near the scene of the incident. of in killing According to her, it was similar to the van that the suspect was driving at the time. No motive for in killing was revealed.
McClendon, A. former A Massachusetts Correctional Officer was arrested in his home in Bremen, Alabama last month.
Phone message asking comment was left with McClendon’s lawyer.
The victim accompanied her mother And her mother boyfriend Lawrence social club near the railway station and went outside to play while the adults remained inside, the authorities announced news conference last month. She reportedly went missing later that night. Lawrence, Massachusetts and Salem, New Hampshire. just several miles apart.
McClendon, A. former employee of Massachusetts Department of Prisons lived in near Lawrence in Chelmsford and was engaged in carpentry. work at that time of in killing, the authorities said. He worked and attended church in Lawrence.
girl mother Janet Tremblay, deceased in According to her obituary, in 2015 at age 70. But the surviving relatives were informed of in arrest.
“Because she murder in 1988 we always prayed for justice”, said an aunt, an uncle and two cousins. in statement last month.
“My Aunt Janet may not have used best judgment in letting Missy play around the neighborhood of in social clubbut this is between her and God – they added. “She loved Missy and never wanted to hurt her.”