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No bail for Alabama man charged with murder and stabbing death of 11-year-old girl in Lawrence in 1988 – Boston News, Weather, Sports

LAWRENCE, MASS. (WHDH) — An Alabama man arrested earlier this week in connection with the 1988 stabbing death of an 11-year-old girl in Lawrence has been held without bail.

Marvin C. McClendon, Jr., 74, of Breman, Ala., was extradited to the Bay State and charged Friday in Lawrence District Court with murder in the death of Salem, New Hampshire, native Melissa Tremblay, according to the Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

On September 12, 1988, Tremblay’s body was discovered at the former Boston & Maine rail yard near Andover Street and South Broadway in Lawrence. Investigators say she was stabbed and then run over by a train.

Police later found that Tremblay had accompanied her mother and her mother’s boyfriend to the LaSalle Social Club on Andover Street a day earlier. While the couple stayed at the club, investigators said Tremblay had been playing in adjacent neighborhoods and was last seen by a railroad worker and a pizza delivery man in the late afternoon hours.

Tremblay was reported missing later that evening after her mother and her mother’s boyfriend frantically searched the area.

Numerous witnesses, suspects and persons of interest have been interviewed by police over the years, but evidence recently found from the victim’s body was instrumental in solving the case, according to Blodgett’s office.

McClendon is said to have lived in Chelmsford in 1988 and had several connections to Lawrence. An investigation revealed that he also worked and resided in the city.

Essex Victim Advocates contacted surviving members of Tremblay’s family Wednesday night and informed them that the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama had taken McClendon into custody.

Assistant district attorneys and state police detectives assigned to Blodgett’s office have been working on this cold case since 2014.

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