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GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Federal authorities have arrested a South Carolina man in the 1990 death of a Greensboro girl.

U.S. Marshals arrested 52-year-old Donald Preston Ferguson of Spartanburg, S.C., on Tuesday. He is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sex offense in connection with the death of 7-year-old Shalonda S. Poole.

Police say forensic evidence linked Ferguson to Poole’s death.

Capt. Mike Richey says officers have been working on the case for years.

The girl’s body was found behind an elementary school. Police say she had been assaulted and strangled. Police say Ferguson occasionally worked in the area near the school.

He’s being held in the Spartanburg County jail pending extradition to Greensboro. It was not clear if he has a lawyer.

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