NC man arrested in connection 32-year-old cold case murder

A caution tape at a scene in Midtown Manhattan on Nov. 3 2017

The medical examiner ruled that Miss Gilpin died from a massive skull fracture.

We have the latest news on the Tracy Gilpin case, with details on who Mark Hand is, and what alleged connections he may have to Gilpin and the MA area where Gilpin was murdered.

The victim was the sister of Kerry Gilpin, who is now a Massachusetts State Police Colonel.

On Friday, police arrested 61-year-old Michael Hand at his home in Troutman.

'For the past three decades, we have remained hopeful that Tracy's murderer would be identified, ' the statement read.

Hand is expected to be in court on Monday.

Tracy Gilpin went to a party near her Kingston home in October 1986 and never returned.

Tracy Gilpin's sister, Kerry Gilpin, who is now a Massachusetts State Police Colonel, released a statement on behalf of her family.

Gilpin said the arrest "leaves us cautiously optimistic that justice for Tracy is within reach".

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Rendition proceedings are underway in order to bring Hand back to MA. My thoughts today are not just with my own family, but also with all the families who have lost loved ones to violence.

Three weeks later, her body was discovered in Myles Standish Park in Plymouth.

"We will continue to work tirelessly to find justice for all murder victims", she added.

During her 2017 interview with MassLive about Tracy's killing, Col. Gilpin, then a major, said she held out hope the case would be solved. That being said, Hand apparently has a number of connections to the Kingston, Massachusetts area.

According to a clerk who worked at the store on the night in question, Gilpin was using a payphone after purchasing cigarettes from the store, when a man in the jeep pulled up beside her and asked her if she needed a ride.

Tracy continued her walk alone and stopped into a convenience store. The two friends lived close to one another and closer to the party.

Tracy refused and started walking, the station reported.

Michael Hand was arrested at his home in Troutman on Friday, according to a news release from the Office of the District Attorney of Plymouth County in MA.

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