Detectives from the Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday they have made an arrest in the 1990 murder of Sturtevant resident Berit Beck.
Several news stations, including CBS 58, are reporting that Dennis J. Branter, 61, was arrested in Kenosha on Friday. He was transported to the Fond du Lac County Jail on a 1st degree murder charge.
Investigators last fall tied fingerprints found on evidence items to Branter, but he was not arrested for Beck’s death at that time. A search warrant of Brantner’s Kenosha home didn’t turn up any evidence in the Beck case, but police did find a gun. Because he was a convicted felon and prohibited from having a gun, Brantner was arrested and charged in Kenosha County Circuit Court.
The Beck family released a statement, the CBS story continues, saying, “We are encouraged and relieved for this day to have arrived for Berit and our family. We request that our privacy be respected as this process unfolds.”
Beck was a graduate of Case High School and was on her way in July 1990 to a computer conference in Fond du Lac when she disappeared. Brantner lived in Fond du Lac at the time of Beck’s disappearance and worked as a truck driver. Evidence in Beck’s van led officers to Brantner.
The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Monday.