CLEVELAND - Cleveland police announced charges Wednesday against the man they arrested a day earlier for the 1984 murder of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer.
Hernandez Warren, 58, was charged with aggravated murder. His case will now be handed over to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.
On Dec. 6, 1984, Pointer called a classmate to walk with her to Harry E. Davis School. But at 7:30 a.m., the friend said Pointer never came and notified the principal when she got to school.
Witnesses said they saw the victim walking on Orville Avenue toward her school with a man following behind her. Then, the two disappeared near 10515 Orville Ave. Pointer's body was found around 10:30 a.m. at the bottom of a fire escape stairwell by an apartment building custodian.
At a news conference, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said they got a break in the case in April through cold case tips, re-examined evidence and the medical examiner pointing them to him.
"Warren had some connection to the Pointer family," but McGinty wouldn't provide further details.
Gloria's mother, Yvonne, said she has spent half of her life fighting for justice for her daughter.
"To all people out there with missing persons and unsolved homicides, never give up. Keep the hope alive. There is light at the end of the tunnel."
Gloria's murder was the 157th homicide of 1984 in Cleveland. The department said they will investigate "all cold cases, all homicides, until arrests are made."
A look back at Warren's past in Cuyahoga County shows he's no stranger to the court system. Records note he served time in prison from 1985-2000 for rape, kidnapping and assault.
Warren was taken into police custody on Tuesday after a positive DNA match linked him to the nearly 30 year old crime.