Police arrest suspect James Alan Neal in the murder case of 11 year old girl Linda O’Keefe

Investigators searched for decades for the killer of an 11-year-old girl Linda O'Keefe who disappeared while walking home from summer school in a case that gripped a California seaside community.

A photo of a smiling Linda O’Keefe has hung for years on the wall of the police department in Newport Beach, reminding investigators to keep pressing forward on cold cases like hers.

Armed with DNA and a family tree, police arrested a Colorado man James Alan Neal in connection to the 1973 slaying of a Southern California girl, authorities said Wednesday.

James Alan Neal was picked up in Colorado Springs on Tuesday and charged with the murder of 11-year-old Linda O'Keefe, Newport Beach police and Orange County prosecutors said.

Neal became a suspect in the slaying through "genealogical DNA," Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said.

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