Man wanted in 1984 Florida murder captured in California

A man suspected of a 39-year-old Florida murder was arrested in California on Thursday, officials said.

Donald Santini, 65, was wanted in the 1984 murder of Cynthia Ruth Wood in Hillsborough County, West Florida.

He was arrested Thursday in Campo, a small community in San Diego County near the Mexican border, by a fugitive task force, the US Marshals Service said.

A tip led authorities to Santini, the Marshals Service said.

“This arrest allows us to re-examine evidence collected in 1984 using today’s technology as the case is once again considered open,” said spokeswoman Amanda Granit of the Sheriff’s Office. Hillsborough County in a statement.

Cynthia Ruth Bois.  (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office via WFLA)

Cynthia Ruth Bois. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office via WFLA)

The Florida sheriff’s office had a warrant for Santini’s arrest in the murder, she said.

Santini was being held without bond in California on Friday night, according to prison records.

It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Wood’s body was found in a ditch in Riverview, southeast of Tampa, on June 9, 1984, and a medical examiner determined she had been strangled, NBC Tampa affiliate WFLA reported.

Campo is a community of nearly 3,000 people about 40 miles southeast of San Diego.

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