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Santa Ana, California – 20 February 2019
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1. Wide, officials gathering for news conference
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Todd Spitzer, Orange County District Attorney:
"It's bittersweet to me because she was 11 years old when she was killed and I was 12 years old when she was killed. Just to put this in some perspective, 45 years ago when she was killed was when the Watergate hearings began in our nation's capital. And yet for 45 years, the Newport Beach Police Department never gave up. The detectives dogged this case. The community made sure that justice would be secured."
3. Poster of murder victim Linda O'Keefe on display at news conference
EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - MUST CREDIT
Colorado Springs, Colorado - date unknown
4. Still booking photo of suspect James Neal
GRAPHIC: Authorities say DNA led them to arrest James Neal, 72, in Colorado Springs.
Authorities have arrested a man on suspicion of killing a Southern California girl more than 45 years ago.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said at a press conference Wednesday that 72-year-old James Neal was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the death of 11-year-old Linda O'Keefe in Newport Beach.
Linda disappeared on July 6, 1973. She was last seen walking home from summer school, and her body was found the next day.
The district attorney says the arrest involved use of DNA found on the victim, genealogical DNA and detective work that led to acquiring DNA from the suspect during surveillance.
Authorities say Neal lived in Southern California in the 1970s.
The victim's parents have died, but her two sisters have been told about the arrest.
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