NEW YORK CITY, NY - New York police arrested an 80-year-old man accused of killing two teenage tourists at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront back in 1973.

Janice Pietropola and Lynn Seethaler were both 19 when visiting Virginia Beach from Pittsburgh on vacation when they were found cut, strangled, and shot.

Police arrested their suspected killer, Ernest Broadnaux, in New York City on Tuesday. He was charged with two counts of murder and rape.

Neighbors at his Bronx apartment complex said Broadnaux was friendly and volunteered at the local food pantry.

Local media did an in-depth investigation into the deaths of the teenagers back in 2011. They revealed that the deaths of ten women at the oceanfront were possibly linked to a serial killer.

The investigation found that in Janice and Lynn's case, biological evidence from the killer was sent to the FBI in 1973 long before DNA testing existed.

Police said back in the fall of 2018, cold case investigators began aggressively researching a strong lead that they had received in the case, which led to the arrest.

Police said the murders happened down at the oceanfront. Today, the area looks much different than it did in 1973. More hotels have sprouted, and many homes have been torn down.

Broadnaux is set to appear in court later this month.

He has not been charged in any other unsolved murders.