Tracy Gilpin, the sister of Massachusett’s State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin, went missing on October 1, 1986.
She was found murdered 21 days later. She was just 15-years-old.
Now Mass. State Police said Michael Hand, 61, of Troutman, N.C. (below) has been arrested in North Carolina in connection with the cold case.
Col. Gilpin released a statement to the media:
“My family and I would like to thank Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz, the Plymouth County State Police Detective Unit, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab, the Kingston and Plymouth Police Departments, police in North Carolina, and all of the investigators who have worked diligently over the last 31 years to solve Tracy’s murder…
“The much-welcomed news of an arrest in the case leaves us cautiously optimistic that justice for Tracy is within reach. My thoughts today are not just with my own family, but also with all the families who have lost loved ones to violence. We will continue to work tirelessly to find justice for all murder victims.