A former McAllen priest accused of killing Irene Garza nearly 60 years ago was taken into custody Tuesday.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, who worked with the Texas Rangers, McAllen police investigators and the Hidalgo County District’s Attorney’s Office, arrested 83-year-old John Feit at his home in in Scottsdale, Arizona on Tuesday. He was later booked into Maricopa County jail. 

An investigation into Garza’s death was launched after her body was pulled from an irrigation canal in McAllen in 1960. 

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests told CBS 4 News that the arrest is a victory for those who continued to fight for Garza.

“This is a win for Irene Garza. The credit, the vindication, the validation – it’s all theirs and we hope that each and every person that knew her and loved her sleeps a little easier tonight. And we believe that they will,” said SNAP Director David Clohessy.

Authorities are currently working to extradite the 83-year-old man from Arizona.