Suspect in 1998 Connecticut death arrested in SC

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (AP) - A man wanted in connection with the 1998 strangling of a Connecticut woman has been arrested in South Carolina.
Surfside Beach Police Chief Rodney Keziah says 51-year-old Gerald Brian Tuttle was arrested at a home on Tuesday. He faces a fugitive from justice charge and was being held without bond Wednesday pending extradition to Connecticut, where he is charged with murder.
The body of 60-year-old Gertrude Ochankowski was found floating in a shallow brook in a secluded area of East Hampton, Conn., on Jan. 12, 1998.
Authorities said Ochankowski had been washing clothes at a Laundromat when an attacker took her into a vacant apartments, sexually assaulted her, then strangled her. Her car was found outside the building, its engine still running.
Jail records listed no attorney for Tuttle.

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