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UPDATE: Kenosha man prime suspect in 1990 homicide

UPDATED Monday, April 7, 2014 --- 12:44 p.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in Fond du Lac County are calling a Kenosha man their prime suspect in a 1990 homicide.

Eighteen-year-old Berit Beck of Sturtevant disappeared in Fond du Lac in July 1990. Authorities found her body about a month later in a ditch.

Investigators said newly analyzed evidence suggests the Kenosha man was in Beck's van. They've obtained photographs of the man's hands to help state crime lab analysts process the evidence.

Fond du Lac County Sheriff Mylan Fink told reporters during a news conference Monday that no arrests are imminent but the now 60-year-old man is their prime suspect. District Attorney Eric Toney declined to comment on what evidence was discovered in the van.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, April 7, 2014 --- 9:06 a.m.

From our news partner WLUK in Green Bay:

FOND DU LAC COUNTY – After nearly 24 years, Fond du Lac investigators have identified a suspect in the murder of Berit Beck.

The 18-year-old was driving a van the day she disappeared.

Fond du Lac investigators now say they have evidence that shows a man was inside Beck’s van, and that they know who it was.

Officials say the suspect is a 60-year-old Kenosha trucker. However, he is not in custody.

FOX 11 wanted to talk with investigators about the case, but they wouldn’t comment Sunday.

Beck’s mother, Diane Beck, says authorities told her about the new information over the weekend.

“About the only thing I probably want to share at this time is that there is evidence showing that this individual was someplace he shouldn’t have been,” said Diane Becker.

A search warrant says investigators gathered evidence from the man, including photos of his hands.

Detectives are now analyzing the photographs against other evidence related to Beck’s van.

The van was found in a Fond du Lac parking lot just a few days after Beck vanished in the summer of 1990.

The Sturtevant teen was on her way to Appleton for work.

Her body was later found in a ditch near Waupun.

After more than two decades, Beck’s mother says the new developments are still kind of shocking.

“For once it feels different than everything before. It’s making us feel more confident that we’re about to move ahead in this investigation,” Becker said.

Diane Beck says she doesn’t know where the investigation will lead, but she will continue to follow her daughter’s case every step of the way.

“I suppose it’s still a wait and see, but this is the best wait and see we’ve ever had.”

The Fond du Lac County sheriff’s office will hold a press conference updating the case Monday morning at 11:30.

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Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014 --- 7:43 p.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- Fond du Lac deputies investigating a 1990 homicide have gathered evidence that may incriminate a Kenosha man.

A Reporter Media report says the 1990 death of Berit Beck confounded authorities for decades. But now the Fond du Lac County sheriff's office says a new analysis suggests the man had been in Beck's van.

Beck was an 18-year-old Sturtevant woman. She was found slain in a Waupun ditch, and evidence recovered from her van was inconclusive.

But deputies have now identified a primary suspect, and say they have tangible evidence that links him to the inside of the van. Sheriff Mick Fink declined to elaborate over the weekend, but a news conference is scheduled for Monday morning.

Investigators have spoken with the man but he was not in custody Sunday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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