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New technology may help solve 13-year-old murder

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Associated Press BROWNING (AP) - Advances in DNA technology have encouraged investigators to renew efforts to find the killer of Helen Richter, a retired nurse who vanished 13 years ago on a drive from Chester to Cut Bank.

Richter, 58, disappeared June 30, 1987. Her car was found later that day along U.S. Highway 2, a mile east of Cut Bank. Two children discovered her body that November in an abandoned refrigerator on the old Stone Ranch northeast of Browning.

An autopsy showed she died of blows to the head.

Improvements in DNA technology have prompted the Glacier County sheriff's office and the FBI to revisit the case, County Attorney Larry Epstein said Tuesday.

The sheriff's office sent more than 100 items related to the case, including the refrigerator, to the FBI crime laboratory in Washington, D.C. They will be examined by the agency's new Indian Country Evidence Task Force, according to a news release from Sheriff Gary Racine.

Epstein said there is more than one suspect in the case, but he declined to say how many.

Epstein said at a news conference Tuesday that FBI agents said there's enough physical evidence with the refrigerator and the new developments in DNA to keep a suspect "lying awake nights."

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