A convicted rapist was arrested Wednesday for allegedly killing a 23-year-old woman whose body was found in the Froehlich Farm Nature Preserve in Huntington three years ago, Suffolk County police said.

Fernando Romualdo
Fernando Romualdo

Fernando Romualdo, 28, of Huntington Station, pleaded not guilty Thursday at Suffolk County court to a charge of second-degree murder.

Homicide Squad detectives alleged that he killed Sarah Strobel, also of Huntington Station. A person walking on a path found her body on Oct. 3, 2013.

Romualdo is currently serving three years in upstate Mohawk Correctional Facility for an unrelated second-degree rape conviction, records show.

Judge Barabara Kahn ordered Romualdo held without bail on the murder charge. He is due back in court July 11.

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