CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a 74-year-old man in connection to a murder investigation in Massachusetts in 1988.

The sheriff’s office said they were involved in the cold case with investigators from Essex County, Massachusetts.

It was around 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, when investigators with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office assisted investigators with Essex County in the arrest of Marvin C. “Skip” McClendon, of Bremen, on a fugitive-from-justice charge for an arrest warrant.

Marvin “Skip” McClendon

McClendon is accused of killing 11-year-old Melissa Ann Tremblay of Salem, New Hampshire on September 12, 1988. Tremblay had been stabbed and was placed on a railroad track in Lawrence, Mass., where her left leg was severed.

According to a spokesperson with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections (MDOC), McClendon served as a Corrections Officer at three separate facilities but was not employed as an officer at the time of Tremblay’s death.

Jason Dobson, Deputy Director of Communications for the MDOC, says McClendon worked as an officer at the Norfolk Correctional Institute (CI) from 1970-1978, the Concord CI from 1981-1982, then at the Shirley CI from 1990-2002.

McClendon will remain in the custody of the Cullman County Detention Center until he can be extradited to Massachusetts.