Crime N.H. Girl, 11, Was Killed After Wandering Away from Her Mother in 1988, Suspect ID'd as Former Officer Melissa Ann Tremblay was found stabbed to death alongside train tracks in Lawrence, Mass. By Chris Harris Chris Harris Twitter Chris Harris has been a senior true crime reporter for PEOPLE since late 2015. An award-winning journalist who has worked for Rolling Stone and MTV News, Chris enjoys prog rock, cycling, Marvel movies, IPAs, and roller coasters. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 28, 2022 01:14 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Melissa Ann Tremblay. Photo: Essex DA After 33 years, authorities in Massachusetts have made an arrest in connection with the 1988 killing of 11-year-old Melissa Ann Tremblay, PEOPLE confirms. According to a statement from the Essex District Attorney's Office, police arrested Marvin C. McClendon, Jr., 74, on Tuesday evening, charging him as a fugitive from justice. Investigators tracked the suspect to his home in Breman, Ala., according to the statement. The former Massachusetts Department of Corrections officer left New England after retiring in 2002. The statement indicates "evidence recovered from the victim's body was instrumental in solving the case." At the time of Tremblay's killing back on Sept. 12, 1988, McClendon was living in Chelmsford, Mass., and working as a carpenter. He had multiple ties to nearby Lawrence, where the New Hampshire girl's body was found alongside train tracks. "Specifically, investigators learned that he worked and frequented establishments in the city of Lawrence, including the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Salem Street," explains the statement. Marvin "Skip" McClendon. Cullman County Sheriff's Office Authorities said that Tremblay "accompanied her mother and mother's boyfriend to the LaSalle Social Club at 397 Andover Street in Lawrence" on Sept. 11, 1988. "While her mother and mother's boyfriend remained inside the club, Melissa played in the adjacent neighborhoods and was last seen by a railroad employee and pizza delivery driver during the late afternoon hours," the statement reads. That night, Melissa's mother and her boyfriend searched the entire area before reporting her missing. Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up for PEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases. Tremblay was found the next day, stabbed to death. Her body had been left on the tracks, and a train struck the girl's body. McClendon remains in the custody of the Cullman County Sheriff's Office. He will be arraigned today in Alabama. Information on his lawyer was not immediately available. Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett told reporters Tremblay's relatives were "very relieved" to learn of the arrest.