Bremen man arrested on out-of-state cold case murder

(Photo courtesy of the CCSO)

CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office was recently involved in a cold case arrest from Essex County, Massachusetts.

On Tuesday, April 26, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Cullman County Sheriff’s Office investigators assisted investigators with Essex County in the arrest of Marvin C McClendon, 74, of Bremen on a murder charge from 1988.

McClendon is being held at the Cullman County Detention Center until he can be extradited to Massachusetts.

Sheriff Matt Gentry said the state police from that area called the CCSO after locating McClendon and asked for their assistance in the arrest.  

According to an online news source: 

“A former Massachusetts corrections officer was arrested Tuesday in Alabama on charges of killing 11-year-old Melissa Ann Tremblay, who was found stabbed to death at an old railway yard in Lawrence in 1988, officials said Wednesday.

In a briefing at his office, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said the alleged killer, Marvin “Skip” McClendon Jr., 74, of Bremen, Ala., was arrested in that state and will appear in court in Massachusetts at a later date. It wasn’t clear if McClendon had hired a lawyer.

Blodgett said Tremblay’s body was discovered Sept. 12, 1988, in the old Boston & Maine Railway Yard in Lawrence. She’d been stabbed to death, he said, and then her body was run over by a train car, causing her left leg to be amputated.”

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