Prosecutor: N.J. Cold Case Killing Cracked After Tip From Massachusetts Woman

April 9, 2012 12:00 AM

Prosecutor: N.J. Cold Case Killing Cracked After Tip From Massachusetts Woman
" ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A cold case was cracked in New Jersey on Monday.

After a 17-month investigation came up empty, a tip from an unlikely source has police believing they have solved the murder of 55-year-old Diane Zaleski.

Arnell Yearwood, 26, described by police as a drifter, was arrested for the brutal murder of Zaleski, who was stabbed to death in her Union Township home in November 2010.

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“The past 17 months have been absolute hell for our family,” said the victim’s niece, Marisa Iannarone.

The Union County Homicide Task Force was tipped off by a woman in Massachusetts, who had been in contact with Yearwood on Facebook. She found out about the Zaleski case, took information the suspect had given her over the Internet and called police.

But authorities said they received no help from Facebook in tracking Yearwood down "

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