Alamance County Sheriff’s Office officials say they identified the suspect in the previously unsolved 1979 kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of Tammy Sue Aldridge, but the man they say was responsible is already dead.

Gary Lane Laframboise, who died in March 2020 in South Carolina at age 60, actually had at least caught someone’s attention in 1979, said Sgt. Dan Denton, who began looking at the Aldridge case in his spare time in 2020.