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A former Massachusetts Department of Corrections officer is facing murder charges in the slaying of an 11-year-old New Hampshire girl who was found stabbed to death and left in the path of a train in Lawrence decades ago.
Melissa Ann Tremblay, of Salem, New Hampshire, was 11 years old on September 12, 1988, when she was found in the old Boston & Maine Railway Yard near Andover Street and South Broadway in Lawrence.
The sixth grader had been with her mother at the LaSalle Social Club in Lawrence, a block from the train yard. She got out and was never seen alive again.
“The evidence recovered from the victim’s body was instrumental in solving this case,” Blodgett said. “The suspect was living in Chelmsford in 1988 and had multiple links to Lawrence.”
Blodgett said his office contacted the surviving members of the victim’s family, including aunts and a cousin, to inform them of McClendon’s arrest. He said the family was “very relieved.”
“I’m in shock. I’m completely in shock. I’m just overwhelmed right now. It’s crazy. This is kind of a joyous feeling, but it’s amazing. It really is. I’m in shock, really,” the family friend said. Andrea Ganley.
McClendon was working in carpentry at the time of the girl’s death. Authorities said he worked for the Department of Corrections on and off between 1970 and 2002 before retiring and leaving Massachusetts.
Authorities did not say whether the victim and suspect knew each other at the time of the killing.
“I want to thank everyone involved in this investigation from start to finish,” Blodgett said. “Your tireless pursuit of justice for Melissa has brought us to this moment. We never forgot about Melissa, nor did we give up holding her killer accountable.”
McClendon is in the custody of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and is scheduled to be arraigned in an Alabama court on Thursday.