updated 9/29/2007 9:40:48 PM ET 2007-09-30T01:40:48

Police arrested a 61-year-old woman and charged her with a killing they say took place nearly three decades ago but went undiscovered until now.

Judy Gough, 61, was charged with first-degree murder and felony use of a firearm on Friday, then moved to a jail in Boise, said police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower.

Authorities spent Saturday searching the woman’s former home, where they say the slaying took place. Officers learned of the killing recently, and police officials refused to release the name of the person killed, saying it was an ongoing investigation and that family members had not yet been notified.

“This is a case that is a brand-new investigation,” Hightower said. “This is not related to any case that BPD has ever investigated.”

She declined to say how police learned of the slaying.

Though authorities said the killing was likely committed in the home in Boise around 1980, Gough was arrested in Nampa, where she now lives.

Officers are likely to continue their search of the home in a quiet south Boise neighborhood for the rest of the weekend, Hightower said. The single-story, ranch-style home made of brick is about two blocks from a country club.

“They’re still out there looking for evidence,” Hightower said. “There is a story here, but detectives are doing their best to piece it all together. We’re still in that process now.”

Phone calls to a phone number listed for Judy Gough weren’t returned Saturday, and the jail would not release the name of her attorney.

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