An Arizona man was arrested to Nevada on Friday later a cold-case investigation led to his suspension in the 1979 killing of a woman last noticed in California.
The Nevada Attorney General’s Office and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office told 73-year-old Charles Gary Sullivan was caught in Arizona’s Yavapai County later being indicted in Nevada in August in the death of 21-year-old Julia Woodward.
A report announcing the arrest said the investigation involved DNA analysis of evidence. Details weren’t issued.
Woodward’s dead body was discovered March 25, 1979, in a shallow grave in a remote area about 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of Reno. She was last observed alive Feb. 1, 1979, at the San Francisco airport while traveled for Reno.
Sullivan continued jailed Saturday pending a Tuesday arraignment on a homicide charge. It wasn’t clear whether he has a lawyer who could comment on the charge.
The statement declaring the arrest said a Washoe County sheriff’s investigator who reviewed the cold case claimed for additional forensic examination of the evidence and that it identified Sullivan as a likely suspect.
Officials intend to release more reports about the case following the arraignment registered Tuesday, the statement said.