KINGSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts State Police have made an arrest in a murder case from 1986.
State Police arrested 61-year-old Michael Hand of North Carolina Sunday and charged him with the murder of then-15-year-old Tracy Gilpin of Kingston, Massachusetts.
Gilpin disappeared in October of 1986 and her body was found in Myles Standish Park in Plymouth. She died from a massive skull fracture.
Tracy Gilpin is the sister of now Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Kerry Gilpin, who was sworn in by Governor Baker in 2017.
Col. Gilpin issued a statement that read, in part, “For the past three decades, we have remained hopeful that Tracy’s murderer would be identified. The much-welcomed news of an arrest in the case leaves us cautiously optimistic that justice for Tracy is within reach.”