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New suspect in Fond du Lac cold case tied to Mondovi area

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Fond du Lac County (WQOW) - A man with ties to our area is being called the prime suspect in a murder investigation in Eastern Wisconsin: a cold case that goes back 24 years. 

"It's the best, strongest physical evidence we've had to date," Fond du Lac Sheriff Mick Fink says.

Old evidence looked at with a fresh pair of eyes, sheds new light on the 1990 abduction and killing of 18-year-old Berit Beck in Fond du Lac.

"They've conducted dozens and dozens of follow up interviews and with any cold case, all of the physical evidence gets another fresh look and every piece of physical evidence that ever was submitted was re-verified and revisited. Henceforth, we got a hit," Lt. Cameron McGee of the Fond du Lac Sheriff's Department says.

That hit led them to a now 60-year-old trucker from Kenosha, who the sheriff says still has ties to the Mondovi area, where he graduated from high school.

"We have somebody that we have scientific confirmation from the state crime lab that he was intimately involved in the interior of the Beck vehicle. That, in our mind, obviously makes him a suspect," Fink says.

But this man has not been charged.  He has not been arrested.  He was named in a search warrant connected to the case, but we are not identifying him in this story.  When we asked the Sheriff if he believes the man is responsible for Beck's murder, he would not say yes or no.

"I would look foolish to look at someone and say he's a person of interest. He is a suspect. I know that goes against the flow of what law enforcement is doing in general but when we can place a person intimately inside of a van of a girl that was murdered, it's a little hard to call them a person of interest," Fink says.

With the case fresh in people's minds, the sheriff's department hopes this break opens the door to many others.

"I could say we've had nine leads that we're out there chasing down now... very interesting leads," McGee says.

"Somebody remembers. This was a big deal around here and actually, the state of Wisconsin," Fink says.

The Sheriff would not say what evidence was found in Beck's van.  The search warrant asked for photographs of the suspect's hands and fingers to compare against physical evidence.

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