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Lakeville, Minn. man arrested in 30-year-old Texas murder

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On Monday, a man was living with his wife and children in the community of Lakeville, Minn. -- where he's been there since the 1990s. On Tuesday, he was arrested for a murder that happened three decades ago in Denton, Texas.

The Lakeville Police Department, Minnesota BCA, Denton police and the Texas Rangers all converged on the home to arrest 53-year-old Robert Otteson in connection with the Sept. 30, 1983 murder of Francisco Narvaez.

A hotel room stabbing

Investigators told Fox 9 News that Narvaez, a 42-year-old San Antonio businessman, was killed in a hotel room located in the Dallas suburb of Denton. Narvaez was stabbed to death, and his car was later found northeast of Oklahoma City. Otteson would have been 23 at the time.

A shirt in the garbage

Until now, only a sketch existed of a potential suspect. A source told Fox 9 that Otteson's home was searched this past winter and a shirt was found in the garbage. DNA on the shirt connected Otteson to the murder.

“We'll be praying that what they have is not true for the family," a neighbor said. "It's a good family and we wish them the best and hope what they have is not true, and it all turns out well for them."

Questions unanswered

There are a lot of unanswered questions in the case -- including what lead Texas police to Minnesota in the first place and what was Otteson's connection to the victim may have been. Otteson will make his initial court appearance at 12 p.m. Thursday in Dakota County.

“We would like to thank the Denton, Texas Police Department and the Texas Rangers for their tireless effort to help bring some measure of closure for our family,” the Narvaez family said in a statement issued by Denton police.

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