Authorities identify homicide suspect arrested in Magnolia for Pennsylvania cold case

Published: Oct. 21, 2016 at 12:42 PM CDT
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Authorities in Pennsylvania have identified the man arrested in southwest Minnesota in connection to a 25-year-old homicide case.

Sixty-one-year-old Charles Cook of Magnolia, Minn. was arrested on Tuesday.

Cook faces homicide charges related to the shooting death of Myrtle McGill at her home in Indiana County, Pennsylvania in December of 1991.

In a press conference on Friday, police said Cook's last address was in Magnolia, though he was homeless at the time of the arrest.

Investigators linked Cook back to the original shooting based on DNA found on a cigarette in McGill's car, which was stolen after the shooting. Detectives were able to get a DNA sample from Cook when he was arrested in Worthington, Minn in December of 2015, and matched it to the cigarette.

Authorities also said they believe McGill's shooting was random.

Various investigators have been on the case since 1991. Currently, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Indiana County District Attorney's Office are leading the investigation.

Cook is in custody in Minnesota awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.