A grand jury indictment and arrest has been made in a 46-year-old murder mystery.

The sister of John Raymond Constant Jr., Patricia Miller, of Athens, and District Attorney General Steve Crump both confirmed Friday a murder charge has been brought against Max Benson Calhoun, 67, who now stands accused of killing Constant in March 1973.

The indictment brought against Calhoun states that sometime on either March 15 or March 16 of 1973 Calhoun did intentionally and with pre-meditation kill Constant. Constant’s truck was found with his body inside on a secluded Vonore road. He had been shot to death.

“The last I saw my brother was the day my son was born,” Miller said. “He is now 46 years old.”

Miller said at times she doubted the mystery would ever be solved, however, Crump had kept her informed as the case progressed.

“I thought I might die not knowing anything about it,” she told The Advocate & Democrat. “We’ll never have closure but maybe we can have justice.”

She said she hopes there is enough evidence to convict the suspect, Calhoun.

A press conference about the case will likely be held next week, Crump and Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones II said on Friday.

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