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Peggy Sue Calvillo, age 24, of Fitchburg

December 23, 2015

Dec. 6, 1986, hit by vehicle, beaten in Sterling and Lancaster.

Ms. Calvillo, a mother of two, decided to start walking when her ride didn’t arrive on time to take her home from her job at a plastics factory in Sterling. Christopher Fletcher struck her with his vehicle as he drove along Route 12. She asked if he was taking her to the hospital when he placed her in his vehicle, but he had other plans. Mr. Fletcher drove to a remote location in Lancaster where he attacked her and left her for dead.

Her body was found the next day.

Taken into custody in the investigation of another murder in 1995, Mr. Fletcher admitted to his involvement of several crimes, including hitting a woman in Sterling with his car a decade earlier. DNA testing, however, initially ruled him out as a suspect in Ms. Calvillo’s murder.

In 2011, the DNA recovered from Ms. Calvillo’s body was re-tested, and this time it proved to match Mr. Fletcher.

Peggy Sue Calvillo’s murderer, Christopher Fletcher, brought to justice after 28 years

WORCESTER — It was just after midnight on Dec. 6, 1986 when 24-year-old Peggy Sue Calvillo got off her shift working at a plastics company on Pratts Junction Road in Sterling. Her ride home hadn’t shown up yet and she decided to start walking.

Leominster man convicted in 1995 murder admits to slaying in 1986

By Katina Caraganis , kcaraganis @sentinelandenterprise.com Updated: 12/03/2014 08:20:29 AM EST WORCESTER — A Leominster man already destined to spend the rest of his life behind bars for his involvement in the murder of a Lunenburg woman in 1995 pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of a Fitchburg woman in 1986.

Leominster killer charged in cold case

More than 15 years after first being named a suspect in the crime, Christopher R. Fletcher was charged today with the 1986 kidnapping, rape and murder of 24-year-old Peggy Sue Calvillo in Lancaster.

Updated on December 2, 2014 :

A Worcester County grand jury indicted Mr. Fletcher for the murder, rape and kidnapping of Peggy Sue Calvillo. On Dec. 2, 2014, Mr. Fletcher pleaded guilty in Worcester Superior Court to second degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison to be served concurrently with the life sentence he was already serving for the 1995 murder of Elizabeth Jane Salsbury of Lunenburg.