Family of girl killed in Lawrence in 1988 react to arrest of alleged killer


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The man accused in the death of Mélissa Tremblay, 11, was arrested on Tuesday.

Melissa Tremblay was 11 when she was murdered in Lawrence in 1988 and Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett on Wednesday identified the person responsible for the child’s brutal murder. Essex District Attorney

  • An 11-year-old girl was murdered in 1988. Authorities say they found the man who did it.

The surviving family members of an 11-year-old girl found dead in Lawrence in 1988 released a statement following the arrest of her suspected killer this week.

Nearly 34 years after the body of Melissa “Missy” Tremblay was discovered in a rail yard in Lawrence, Marvin C. “Skip” McClendon Jr., 74, of Bremen, Alabama, was arrested on Tuesday, the Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

McClendon has waived restitution and arrangements are being made to bring him back to Massachusetts to face murder charges related to Tremblay’s death. He is scheduled to appear in Lawrence District Court at a later date.

Tremblay, of Salem, New Hampshire, was found dead in the Boston & Maine Railway yard near Andover Street and South Broadway on September 12, 1988, authorities said. She would have been stabbed to death. After his death, his remains were hit by a train and his left leg was severed.

In their statement, Tremblay’s aunt, uncle and cousins ​​thanked authorities for their work.

Family of girl killed in Lawrence in 1988 react to arrest of alleged killer
Marvin C. Skip McClendon Jr. – Essex District Attorney’s Office

“Since his murder in 1988, we have always prayed for justice,” the statement read. “We never stopped thinking about Missy, despite what others, who call themselves her friends, have said in the media over the past few years. My Aunt Janet may not have used the best judgment (sic ) by allowing Missy to play in the social club neighborhood, but that’s between her and God, she loved Missy and never meant to hurt her.

The night Tremblay disappeared, she was playing in a neighborhood near the LaSalle social club, which her mother and her mother’s boyfriend frequented. They couldn’t find Missy when they got out, and she was later reported missing, authorities said. His mother has since died.

McClendon reportedly had several ties to Lawrence. A resident of Chelmsford at the time, he was a carpenter when Missy died. He also worked for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections three times between 1970 and 2002.

“I can’t say if he was surprised when he was interviewed in Alabama,” Blodgett said Tuesday. “I’ll tell you he’s been a person of interest for quite some time.”

Read the full statement:

“As the family of Melissa Tremblay, we would like to address the recent arrest made in her case. First of all, we would like to thank the police who have worked so hard over the years to ensure justice is served. Thanks to the Essex District Attorney’s Office for contacting us to make sure we knew what was going on. Especially Michelle Defeo who has worked hard to locate us since we left the state.

Since his murder in 1988, we have always prayed for justice. We never stopped thinking about Missy, despite what others, who call themselves her friends, have said in the media over the past few years. My Aunt Janet may not have used the best judgment in allowing Missy to play in the neighborhood of the social club, but that’s between her and God. She loved Missy and had never meant to hurt her.

We thank everyone for their prayers and so many kind words we have seen posted on social media posts. We very much look forward to hearing what next steps the Essex County District Attorney’s Office will take in the prosecution of Marvin McClendon.

Via Essex District Attorney’s Office



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