Hopewell police make arrest in 46-year-old murder case

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HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) – A break in a cold case mystery dating back 46 years. A search that began in Hopewell in 1964 has led to the arrest of the victim's husband in Las Vegas. Today, investigators talked about the break, while the victim's family shared their thoughts.

The investigation stretched nearly half a century but Hopewell police say they've got their guy. 77-year-old Donald James Long has just been charged in the 1964 murder of his then wife Naomi. After years of headlines that provided little hope, this is welcome news to the victim's brother.

"We only hope that the new information will bring forth the long, overdue closure to a murderous tragedy that we endured almost 46 years ago," said Butch Fulcher.

His family watched as investigators announced a break in the case.

"On August 13, 2010 Donald Long was arrested as he was leaving the barber shop in Las Vegas, Nevada," said Chief Steven Martin.

Right now, all we know is new witness information surfaced within the last month. A grand jury indicted him on first degree murder charges. Retired Chief Ronnie Clark still remembers the initial investigation. Naomi long's body was found in her apartment at the City Point Inn.

According to reports Naomi's body was found half-naked in her bed. She'd been strangled. Police sent away for fingerprints, but never made an arrest.

"We had several suspects at the time. He was one of them," said Clark.

Police are tight-lipped about evidence against Long.

Donald James Long is sitting in a Las Vegas jail cell. He goes before a judge Tuesday morning. He could be back in our area by the end of the week. Hopewell police credit the U.S. Marshalls and Las Vegas police for Long's arrest.

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