Troutman man accused of murder in Massachusetts cold case

Michael Hand – Picture courtesy of the Troutman Police Department


A Troutman man was arrested Friday, accused of killing a 15-year-old Massachusetts resident 32 years ago.

Michael Hand was taken into custody at his, according to the office of District Attorney Timothy Cruz. He’s accused of killing Tracy Gilpin of Kingston, Massachusetts in October 1986. Investigators say the teen was reported missing by family members on October 1 and was located with a massive skull fracture October 22.

Tracy Gilpin – Picture courtesy of the Massachusetts State Police

Her sister, Colonel Kerry Gilpin, is now Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police and issued a statement thanking all who had worked toward the arrest. The statement appears below:

“My family and I would like to thank Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz, the Plymouth County State Police Detective Unit, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab, the Kingston and Plymouth Police Departments, police in North Carolina, and all of the investigators who have worked diligently over the last 31 years to solve Tracy’s murder. We are also extremely grateful to the members of the public who have provided information to investigators. For the past three decades, we have remained hopeful that Tracy’s murderer would be identified. The much-welcomed news of an arrest in the case leaves us cautiously optimistic that justice for Tracy is within reach. My thoughts today are not just with my own family, but also with all the families who have lost loved ones to violence. We will continue to work tirelessly to find justice for all murder victims.”