Police using DNA data make arrest in teen's 1984 rape and murder

Nearly 36 years after a 14-year-old girl was found raped and brutally murdered in Rochester, New York, police armed with a DNA match arrested a Florida man in connection to the cold case. 

Timothy Williams, 56, faces second-degree murder charges in the Thanksgiving Day 1984 killing of Wendy Jerome. 

He was arrested at his home in Melbourne, Florida, last Wednesday, and authorities are bringing him to New York, Rochester officials announced at an emotional news conference on Friday.

Timothy Williams

Wendy Jerome

Timothy Williams, 56 (left), has been arrested in Florida in connection to the 1984 rape and murder of 14-year-old Wendy Jerome (right) in Rochester, New York 

'It's finally over': Wendy's mother, Marlene Jerome, spoke at a press conference in Rochester last week, saying through tears that she never thought this day would come

'It's finally over': Wendy's mother, Marlene Jerome, spoke at a press conference in Rochester last week, saying through tears that she never thought this day would come 

Familial DNA information provided a list of names, including that of Williams, as investigative leads, police said. 

Marlene Jerome, who worked with police investigating her daughter’s death for more than three decades, told reporters she thought she’d never see this day.

'I just wish my husband was alive to see this,' she said through tears. 'He died in 2011. And I know he’s up there, with her, smiling and saying it’s over. It’s finally over.'

Wendy Jerome left a friend’s house in Rochester on the evening of November 22, 1984, after delivering a birthday card, but never made it home. 

Her body was found a few hours later in an alcove of a school located just three blocks from her home.

Wendy was raped, repeatedly stabbed and beaten to death, despite her efforts to

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