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Aug082011

Arrest Made in 27-Year-Old Murder Case

ABC News/Handout(PLEASANTON, Calif.) -- A former classmate of high school student Tina Faelz was arrested Sunday, 27 years after Faelz was found stabbed to death.

Officers from the Pleasanton Police Department in California said they had arrested a 43-year-old Santa Cruz man after they uncovered biological evidence they say linked him to the murder.

"We put together a probable cause to arrest him based on interviews with witnesses and the biological evidence we got back," said Lt. Jim Knox of the Pleasanton Police Department. "He didn't express a lot of emotion....It wasn't consistent with what you would expect."

Since the murder occurred when the suspect was a minor, his name has not been released. The case must be cleared through the juvenile courts -- a process that is taking place this week.

The man was already in custody for unrelated drug charges when police found a link to Faelz. He was arrested for the murder upon his release.

Police say Faelz and the suspect attended the same high school when the crime was committed.

Faelz, who was 14 at the time of the crime, was found stabbed to death in a drainage area adjacent to Interstate 680 on April 5, 1984. Her Foothill High School classmates found her body.

Police underwent an extensive investigation at the time but couldn't pinpoint a suspect or locate a murder weapon. The case has remained open and unresolved for nearly three decades.

The suspect is expected to have a hearing as early as Wednesday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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