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Minnesota man arrested in 30-year-old Texas murder cold case

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A Minnesota man has been arrested on suspicion of a murder that took place in Texas 30 years ago.

The Denton, Texas Police Department announced a 53-year-old was arrested at his Lakeville home Tuesday, in connection with the fatal stabbing of Francisco Narvaez in 1983. Authorities from both Minnesota and Texas were present for the arrest. FOX 9 reports the man had reportedly been living in Lakeville with his wife and children since the 1990s.

There is no indication he has been charged at this point.

The Denton Police Department investigated Narvaez's death when it happened, "but as time went on the tips and leads went cold," the statement says.

Narvaez, 42, was stabbed to death in a motel room in the Dallas suburb of Denton, Texas, on Sept. 30, 1983, Oklahoma's NewsOn6 reported. The station said Narvaez's car was later found northeast of Oklahoma City, and witnesses saw the victim having breakfast with an unknown man the day before his death.

According to the police department's statement, "new leads were developed and evidence was discovered" that led to a Texas grand jury indicting the man last week – but authorities do not detail what those new leads and pieces of evidence were.

According to NewsOK, interest in the decades-old cold case was reignited in 2011 when Denton authorities sought help from the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation. At the time, the publication reported, investigators said the case hit a dead end when a pair of DNA profiles extracted from the crime scene didn't turn up any matches.

A break in the case, however, came with a search of the suspect's Minnesota home this past winter, when a shirt found in his garage has DNA that connected him to Narvaez's murder, a source told FOX 9.

The only lead in the case up to this point was a sketch of the potential suspect. Denton Police Detective Keith Smith told NewsOK the murder weapon was never found, but authorities suspect it was 2 1/2- to 3-inch knife.

The Star Tribune reports the man was taken to Dakotas County jail. According to Wednesday jail records, he was being held on suspicion of being a fugitive and second-degree murder.

He's due in court at noon Thursday.

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