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Suspect in 1998 Connecticut death arrested in SC

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The following picture of Gerald Brian Tuttle was provided by Surfside Beach Police Department. The following picture of Gerald Brian Tuttle was provided by Surfside Beach Police Department.
SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -

A man wanted in connection with the 1998 strangling of a Connecticut woman has been arrested in South Carolina.

Surfside Beach Police Chief Rodney Keziah says 51-year-old Gerald Brian Tuttle was arrested at a home on Tuesday. He faces a fugitive from justice charge and was being held without bond Wednesday pending extradition to Connecticut, where he is charged with murder.

The body of 60-year-old Gertrude Ochankowski was found floating in a shallow brook in a secluded area of East Hampton, Conn., on Jan. 12, 1998.

Authorities said Ochankowski had been washing clothes at a Laundromat when an attacker took her into a vacant apartments, sexually assaulted her, then strangled her. Her car was found outside the building, its engine still running.

Jail records listed no attorney for Tuttle.

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