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Authorities identified Billings woman who was found stabbed to death at her home, suspect arrested

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Billings, Montana – The identity of the Billings murder victim has been released by the Yellowstone County Coroner’s Office.

Multiple stabbing wounds were determined as the cause of the 67-year-old Cynthia Cook’s death, according to Coroner Cliff Mahoney.

After authorities arrested a man acting suspiciously in the Heights, Cook was found dead inside her house in the 1200 block of Claim Jumper Lane sometime after 5 a.m. Saturday. Jonah Bergman, 29, was reported to be trespassing at the Country Inn and Suites after he refused to leave the business, according to police.

Bergman was located at a nearby Town Pump a short time later and was arrested while walking along Main Street, according to authorities.

Officers were prompted to do a welfare check on Cook at her residence after noticing “suspicious circumstances.” According to police, Bergman and Cook are related, although the nature of their relationship has not been revealed.

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