IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A North Carolina man was arrested and charged in connection with a 1986 murder of a 15-year-old girl.
Tracy Gilpin, 15, disappeared on October 1, 1986 and was reported missing by family members. Her body was found Oct. 22 in Myles Standish Park in Plymouth.
Gilpin's cause of death was ruled to be a homicide by a massive skull fracture.
On Friday, officials arrested Michael Hand at his home in Iredell Co. Hand was charged as a fugitive from justice based on an arrest warrant issued for the murder of Gilpin, according to police.
Over the past week investigators from the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the Troutman and Mooresville Police Departments conducted extensive interviews of the suspect, Michael Arthur Hand.
During these interviews, statements from Michael Hand led authorities to arrest Hand.
He was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was brought before a magistrate.
He received no bond based on his charges and the possibility of being a flight risk. Hand is scheduled to appear in court Monday to determine extradition.
Hand will be transported to Massachusetts where he will be charged with with murder in the death of Gilpin, officials say.
Tracy's sister, Colonel Kerry Gilpin, the Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, issued the following statement.