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Billings murder victim identified

Suspect set for arraignment Tuesday
Posted at 4:34 PM, Dec 06, 2021

BILLINGS - The Yellowstone County Coroner's Office on Monday released the name of a Billings murder victim.

Coroner Cliff Mahoney said Cynthia Cook, 67, died of multiple stab wounds.

Cook was found dead inside her home in the 1200 block of Claim Jumper Lane shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday after officers arrested a man acting suspiciously in the Heights. Police said the man, 29-year-old Jonah Bergman, was reported to be trespassing at the Country Inn and Suites after he refused to leave the business.

A short time later, police received another call that Bergman was at a nearby Town Pump. He was found and detained by police while walking on Main Street.

Officers noticed "suspicious circumstances" that led them to conduct a welfare check on Cook at her home. Police said Bergman and Cook are related, but how they are related has not been released.

Bergman is being held in the Yellowstone County jail and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Yellowstone County County District Court.

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