Stetson man arrested in connection with 1986 rape and murder of CT girl

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STETSON, Maine (WABI) - Officials say 53-year-old Marc Karun was taken into custody by Maine State Police's Tactical Team as he was leaving his residence Wednesday around 11:30.

Authorities have confirmed for TV5 that the girl killed in 1986 was sixth grader Kathleen Flynn.

Police say her parents reported her missing after she did not return home from school.

A search party found Flynn, strangled to death in the woods between a paved path and the athletic field of the school she attended.

According to Maine's sex offender registry, Karun was convicted of a sexual assault in Connecticut in 1989.

He was sentenced to ten years.

Officers from Norwalk Police were here in Bangor with a warrant for Karun's arrest for the rape and murder of Flynn.

Karun is scheduled to appear before a judge Friday in Bangor.

Kathleen Flynn's family issued this statement on Thursday: “We wish to thank the Norwalk Police Department for bringing Kathleen’s murderer to justice. This continues to be a very difficult time for us and we do not wish to make any further comments. We ask the media to please respect our privacy.”

**If you or someone you know needs resources or support related to sexual violence, contact the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s 24/7 hotline at 800-871-7741.