Oxygen Insider Exclusive!

Create a free profile to get unlimited access to exclusive videos, breaking news, sweepstakes, and more!

Sign Up for Free to View
Crime News Breaking News

Ex Massachusetts Corrections Officer Indicted For 1988 Murder Of 11-Year-Old Girl

Marvin “Skip” C. McClendon Jr., has been indicted for the first-degree murder of Melissa Ann Tremblay, who was stabbed to death and then left on train tracks in 1988.

By Gina Tron
A handout photo of Melissa Tremblay

An Alabama man who previously worked as a corrections officer has been indicted for the decades-old murder of an 11-year-old New England girl.

An Essex County grand jury in Massachusetts formally indicted Marvin “Skip” C. McClendon Jr., 74, on Wednesday for first degree murder in the 1988 killing of Melissa Ann Tremblay, 11, the Boston Herald reports

McClendon had waived a rendition hearing in Alabama where he was arrested in April and has since returned to Massachusetts. The case will now be transferred to the Essex County Superior Court, though he is expected to be arraigned in Salem Superior Court in July, according to WHNT.

He has been ordered held without bail since May.

The suspect is accused of stabbing Tremblay to death before leaving her body on a train track in the Boston and Maine Railway Yard in Lawrence, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. After she was stabbed, her body was run over by a train, Boston.com reported previously.

The district attorney’s office said that “evidence recovered from the victim’s body was instrumental in solving the case.” They also noted that McClendon had been a person of interest for “a period of time.”

Tremblay’s remaining family members credited DNA in a statement released following McClendon’s arrest, Boston.com reported

“We never thought that after 33 1/2 years we would finally see someone arrested and facing a judge,” they stated. “While we know there are many more steps we are very confident that the District Attorney’s office will be just as vigilant in prosecuting this case as the detectives have been for all these years in finding Marvin McClendon.”

Marvin C. McClendon Jr. stands in the prisoner's dock

No possible motive has been disclosed for the slaying. 

Tremblay, who was from a nearby town in New Hampshire, disappeared while playing outside a Lawrence, Massachusetts event her parents were attending and was reported missing by her mother that evening. Her body was found just one block away the following day.

Read more about: