Authorities say a man in Oklahoma and another in California have been arrested in connection to the killing of two girls in California more than 40 years ago.

Yuba County sheriff's officials said federal authorities aided in the Tuesday arrests of 65-year-old Larry Don Patterson of Oakhurst, Oklahoma, and 65-year-old William Lloyd Harbour of Olivehurst, California.

Authorities say the men are suspects in the November 1973 deaths of 12-year-old Valerie Janice Lane and 13-year-old Doris Karen Derryberry of Olivehurst, California.

Authorities say the girls were driven to a wooded area near Marysville, north of Sacramento, and shot at close range. The girls went missing after going on a weekend shopping trip.

The U.S. Marshals Service says Patterson was being held on multiple charges, including as an unregistered sex offender.