A ten-month investigation led to the arrest of an Algona man Monday on charges of first-degree murder and sexual abuse. Kossuth County Sheriff Kevin Van Otterloo says 24-year-old Randy Lee Bode was charged in the death of Nicole Berte. Berte’s body was found in a burned-out pickup southeast of Algona on November 17th of 2000. Van Otterloo says it’s been a long investigation and he’s glad to see it end with an arrest.Bode made an initial appearance in court Monday and is being held on a 300-thousand dollar bond for each charge. He’ll be arraigned next Monday.
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