Three weeks later, her body was found in a park in neighboring Plymouth.
Tracy's sister, Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin, issued a statement after the arrest was made public to thank the Plymouth County District Attorney and Plymouth County State Police Detective Unit.
As of now, it is unclear, how authorities were able to determine that Hand is Gilpin's murderer. Hand would have been 29 at the time of Gilpin's death.
For more than three decades, the killing of Tracy Gilpin remained unsolved. "The much-welcomed news of an arrest in the case leaves us cautiously optimistic that justice for Tracy is within reach", she said. Hand back to MA, where he will be charged with murder, according to the office of the Plymouth County district attorney, Timothy J. Cruz.
Hand has been charged as a fugitive from justice, MA police said, and he will appear in court in North Carolina on Monday. Throughout the years, investigators have traveled to several states to speak with individuals they thought may lead them in a specific direction.
A man living in Iredell County has been arrested and charged in connection with a 1986 murder of a teenage girl in MA, according to a news release.
After more than 30 years, the 1986 death of a MA teen may have been solved.
'It's been 30 years, I know it's solvable, ' Kerry told the Globe.
She went on to talk about how she is not just thinking of getting justice for her family but "all the families who have lost loved ones to violence". "In my heart of hearts, I know that that person is out there".
"She had significant brain trauma", Cruz told the station.
'We will continue to work tirelessly to find justice for all murder victims'.
Gilpin was the sister of Massachusetts' top cop.
After the arrest, Kerry Gilpin released a statement, which read, "We are also extremely grateful to the members of the public who have provided information to investigators".