According to published reports, Hand is charged in connection to the murder of 15-year-old Tracy Gilpin in October 1986.
According to the Plymouth County (Mass.) district attorney, 15-year-old Tracy Gilpin disappeared from her home and was reported missing by family members back in October 1986.
Hand is set to appear in a North Carolina courtroom Monday.
Michael Hand, 61, was arrested Friday in Troutman, North Carolina, and accused of killing Gilpin, whose body was found in a makeshift grave in Myles Standish State Forest nearly 32 years ago. Her body was found almost a month later in nearby Plymouth at the edge of the woods in Myles Standish State Forest.
Two days earlier and 700 miles away, the police in Troutman, N.C., helped MA state troopers arrest Michael Hand, 61.
As of now, it is unclear, how authorities were able to determine that Hand is Gilpin's murderer.
In February 2017, Tracy's older sister Colonel Gilpin told Dateline her little sister had called the woman at whose home the party had been held, asking if she would come get her and take her home, as she didn't want to walk alone. The DA's office added that once Hand has been returned to the state, he will be arraigned in Plymouth District Court and charged with murder.
For more than three decades, the killing of Tracy Gilpin remained unsolved.
Massachusetts State Police arrested Michael Hand 61 of North Carolina was arrested in the October 1986 murder of 15-year-old Tracy Gilpin
Col. Gilpin said the arrest "leaves us cautiously optimistic that justice for Tracy is within reach".
Tracy's story received renewed attention a year ago after her family offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. The reward was increased from $10,000 to $25,000.
'It's been 30 years, I know it's solvable, ' Kerry told the Globe. 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'.
'In my heart of hearts, I know that that person is out there'.
Gilpin was the sister of Massachusetts' top cop.
The case left a 'hole in the heart of her entire family, ' the Massachusetts Police Department said a year ago.
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