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Suspect identified in a Billings double murder cold case

Posted at 6:15 PM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 23:44:31-04

BILLINGS – Yellowstone County authorities announced Monday they have used DNA testing to identify a suspect in the 45-year-old murder of a Billings Heights couple.

Clifford and Linda Bernhardt were murdered in their home on Nov. 6, 1973. The case went unsolved until recently when a team of investigators used new DNA and genealogical technology to identify a suspect, Sheriff Mike Linder said at a press conference.

The suspect, Cecil Stan Caldwell, died in 2003, Linder said. He was a coworker of Linda Bernhardt, Linder said.

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