Retired correction officer arrested for 1988 murder of 11-year-old girl

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Marvin McClendon, a 74-year-old antheral from Alabama, has been arrested for the 1988 execution of an 11-year-old New Hampshire girl, CBS Boston reports. McClendon is simply a retired Massachusetts Department of Correction serviceman and was doing carpentry enactment astatine the clip of Melissa Tremblay's murder, according to Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, Blodgett said McClendon was arrested successful Alabama connected Tuesday nighttime and charged arsenic a fugitive of justice. He was scheduled to beryllium arraigned successful an Alabama tribunal Thursday. He volition beryllium brought backmost to Massachusetts to look a execution complaint if helium waives rendition.

Tremblay, who lived successful Salem, New Hampshire, was with her parent and mother's fellow astatine a societal nine successful Lawrence, Massachusetts, soon earlier she was killed. She near the nine to play successful adjacent neighborhoods and was aboriginal recovered stabbed to decease successful a freight gait connected September 12, 1988. The lawsuit had been unsolved for much than 33 years.

melissa-tremblay-1988-murder.jpg Melissa Tremblay. Essex D.A. via CBS Boston

Blodgett said grounds recovered from the girl's assemblage led them to McClendon, but helium would not supply specifics, saying much accusation would travel retired astatine the arraignment. However, helium did adhd that McClendon had been a idiosyncratic of involvement successful the lawsuit "for immoderate time."

"Over the years, scores of witnesses, suspects, persons of interests were interviewed by police. Assistant territory attorneys and State Police detectives assigned to my office, specializing successful acold cases, person worked diligently connected this lawsuit since 2014," Blodgett told reporters. "The probe recovered that the fishy lived successful Chelmsford successful 1988 and had aggregate ties to Lawrence. Specifically, investigators learned that helium worked and frequented establishments successful Lawrence."

It's not wide yet if McClendon knew Tremblay oregon her family.

marvin-mcclendon.png Marvin McClendon. Cullman County Alabama Sheriff's Office via CBS Boston

"This is simply a pleasant surprise," Tremblay's person Andrea Ganley told CBS Boston upon proceeding of the arrest. "I'm beyond shocked."

"I deliberation astir it each the time. I deliberation astir it each day," she said earlier the quality conference. "To perceive this is beyond amazing."

Ganley, who was 7 years aged astatine the clip of the murder, has been hoping this time would come.

"I was starting to consciousness similar it mightiness not, but I inactive had immoderate hope," she said.

"She was bubbly. She was fun. She was tough," Ganley told CBS Boston. "She was precise spunky."

Blodgett said Tremblay's surviving relatives were notified of the arrest.

This communicative archetypal appeared on CBS Boston.

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