Alabama man arrested in 1987 killing of 19-year-old Illinois woman

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An Alabama man has been arrested in the 1987 killing of a 19-year-old northern Illinois woman following his indictment by a grand jury on first-degree murder charges.

Sixty-four-year-old Jesse Smith Jr. was arrested Thursday in Albany, Georgia, a day after he was indicted by a Winnebago County grand jury. Tammy Tracey’s remains were found nearly a year after the Rockford woman vanished in May 1987. She had been fatally shot.

Smith was being held at the Dougherty County Jail in Albany, Georgia, on a $5 million bond, awaiting extradition to Winnebago County. It was not immediately clear if the Tuscumbia, Alabama, man has an attorney.

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