Patrick McCabe, 59, was linked to the 1977 rape and murder of 16-year-old Sharon Schollmeyer through his DNA, which was allegedly found on a halter top that the killer used to gag the teenager during the attack.
McCabe was the apartment’s building manager at the time of the attack, and had long been considered a suspect by police in the case.
He was the man who let Schollmeyer’s mother, Sally Kadleck, into the apartment after her daughter failed to show up for work, leading to the horrific discovery of her daughter, strangled and lifeless, in the bathtub.
"What kind of guts he had," Kadleck said to Utah’s Deseret News. "I mean, really he knew what he had done and yet he went ahead and let me in."
McCabe allegedly used the keys he owned as building manager to break into Schollmeyer’s home.
Police allege that since McCabe’s arrest on Friday, he confessed to raping the teenager while holding a weapon. He then allegedly forced her to go into the bathtub, where he then strangled her and held her underwater, according to police.
If convicted, McCabe could face the death penalty.
McCabe had previously been convicted for another sexual crime against a minor in 1999, according to the Deseret News.
[Image: Salt Lake City Police; Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office]