Charles Gary Sullivan was extradited Friday to Nevada, Arizona, where he was arrested and charged with the 1979 murder of Julia Woodward, according to a Washoe County Sheriff's Office.
This is one of the latest arrests made possible by the advancement of DNA technology decades after the commission of crime. In that case, a sheriff's detective in the sheriff's new cold affairs department requested evidence of the accident.
Woodward's body was found March 25, 1979 in the Hungry Valley, about 15 miles north of Reno, according to the sheriff's office. The cause of death was a blunt force trauma.
Her parents told investigators at the time she was living with them in San Rafael, California, before leaving for a job in Lake Tahoe / Reno, authorities said. She was last seen alive in California on February 1
Biological evidence identifies Sullivan as a possible suspect in the case. In August, the Nevada Attorney General received an indictment against him.
Technological advances are leading to more and more arrests of cold cases. The most famous is probably the April 2018 arrest of the Golden State Slayer, where investigators used DNA and a free genealogy database to arrest Joseph James Deangelo, 72, for allegedly he killed 12 people and raped more than 50 women in the 1970s and 1980s.
In Philadelphia, investigators used technology-enhancing technology to link an old sock to the then boyfriend of a woman killed in 1991. A 52-year-old man was arrested in September.