Oregon man arraigned in Alaska for 1978 cold case murder of Shelley Connolly
An Oregon man accused of killing 16-year-old Shelley Connolly in 1978 appeared in court in Anchorage Monday for an arraignment.
Earlier this month, an Anchorage grand jury indicted Donald McQuade, now 62, on murder charges, as authorities planned to extradite him to Alaska.
McQuade 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 is being held on $1 million cash bail with a third-party custodian.
Correction: This story has been updated to correct a misspelling in Shelley Connolly's name.
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