Donald McQuade indicted for 1978 murder of Shelley Connelly
An Anchorage grand jury has indicted on murder charges the man accused of killing Anchorage 16-year-old Shelley Connelly in 1978, according to a Friday news release from the Alaska attorney general's office.
Donald McQuade, now 62, was linked to the cold case through modern DNA technology; he was taken into custody in Gresham, Oregon on Aug. 30.
Connolly’s body was found near train tracks in an embankment near Beluga Point on Jan. 7, 1978. An autopsy showed she had "multiple abrasions, lacerations and contusions on her face, neck and abdomen," according to a probable cause affidavit.
She also had internal injuries, including a lacerated liver. The official cause of death recorded was a combination of internal bleeding and hypothermia.
McQuade is charged under the laws in place at the time of the murder. He's expected to be extradited to Alaska and arraigned in Anchorage. His bail is set at $1,000,000.
Correction: This story has been edited to correct the name of the city where McQuade was arrested.
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