A man suspected of a Florida slaying that occurred 39 years ago was arrested Thursday in California, authorities said.

Donald Santini, 65, was wanted in the 1984 murder of Cynthia Ruth Wood in Hillsborough County, West Florida.

He was arrested in Campo, a small community in San Diego County near the Mexico border, Thursday by a fugitive task force, the US Marshals Service said.

A tip led authorities to Santini, the Marshals Service said.

“This arrest allows us to re-examine evidence collected in 1984 using current technology, as the case is now considered open again,” Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Amanda Granit said in a statement.

Cynthia Ruth Wood.  (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office via WFLA)

Cynthia Ruth Wood. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office via WFLA)

The Florida sheriff’s office had an arrest warrant for Santini in the murder, he said.

Santini was being held without bail in California as of Friday night, according to jail records.

It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Wood’s body was found in a ditch in Riverview, southeast of Tampa, on June 9, 1984, and a medical examiner determined that she had been strangled. Tampa’s NBC affiliate WFLA reported.

Campo is a community of nearly 3,000 people about 40 miles southeast of San Diego.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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