Man Charged in Norwalk Cold Case to Appear in Court

A Maine man who is accused of sexually assaulting and strangling an 11-year-old girl in Norwalk in 1986 has been extradited back to Connecticut and is expected to face a judge on Monday.

Marc Karun is expected to be arraigned on Monday morning.

Norwalk Police worked with Maine State Police to arrest Karun, 53, on Wednesday.

In 1986, Karun would have been 21 years old when 11-year-old Kathleen Flynn went missing.

Police said she was walking home from school on a September afternoon, but she never reached her house.

The next morning, search teams found Kathleen's body.

Authorities said she was sexually assaulted and strangled.

Her murder really shook the Norwalk community.

"People felt within themselves, 'what if that was my daughter?' Just think about what if it was my daughter, it was devastating," said Dominic Muro, of Norwalk.

Karun was arrested in Maine and extradited back to Connecticut. He is facing murder with special circumstances and kidnapping charges and is being held on $5 million bond.

Kathleen's family released a statement thanking the Norwalk Police for "bringing Kathleen's murderer to justice."

According to our NBC affiliate in Maine, Karun was charged with sexual assault and kidnapping in a separate case just six months before Flynn was murdered. But the victim in that case did not wish to testify, so Karun was released on probation 20 days before Flynn disappeared.

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