She had been stabbed to death and a train had run over her body postmortem, ha detto il comunicato.
The girl was last seen the day before, playing in neighborhoods near a social club in Lawrence while her mother and the mother’s boyfriend were inside, said Blodgett. A railroad employee and pizza delivery driver were the last people to see her alive.
Melissa’s mother frantically searched the area before reporting her missing at around 9 p.m. E, secondo il comunicato stampa.
“Negli anni, scores of witnesses, sospetti, and persons-of-interest were interviewed by police,” but the case went unsolved, ha detto il comunicato.
The cold case was reexamined by authorities in 2014 e “evidence recovered from the victim’s body was instrumental in solving the case,” ha detto il comunicato. Blodgett declined to comment on the specific evidence that led to the arrest while speaking to reporters at a news briefing Wednesday.
“The investigation found that the suspect lived in Chelmsford in 1988, and had multiple ties to Lawrence,” il comunicato stampa ha detto, namely that he worked and frequented establishments in the city, as well as a local church.
Tremblay’s surviving relatives were notified of the arrest, said the DA’s office.
“I want to thank everyone involved in this investigation from beginning to end,” Blodgett said. “Their tireless pursuit of justice for Melissa has brought us to this moment. We never forgot about Melissa, nor did we give up on holding her killer accountable.”