A San Bernardino County man was arrested for the 1964 rape and murder of a hotel manager.
Charles Edward Faith, 67, of Phelan, was arrested at his home on
Thursday. Santa Ana police booked him for investigation of murder and he was held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Faith is suspected of the Feb. 16, 1964, rape and murder of Christina Elizabeth Wariner, 47.
Wariner, the live-in manager of a motel, was found beaten and strangled. No suspects were identified at the time, police Cpl. Jose Gonzalez said.
Last year, however, a special cold-case unit relying on modern technology was able to match Faith to a fingerprint found at the crime scene, Gonzalez said.
"Back in 1964, the process of collecting and matching fingerprints was all done manually," Gonzalez said.
Faith's fingerprints "were either not in the system at the time, or ... not easily identified," he said. "Due to today's technology, with automation and computers, it's a lot easier to match and compare."
"I'm relieved. I really didn't think this would ever happen," said Wariner's daughter, Christina Lonzo, 64, of Florence, Ala.
"I want to know what happened. I hope I find that out," she said. "The system has finally done something for her, and that makes me feel good."