OPD arrests man in 38-year cold case

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Odessa Police Department has made an arrest in a cold case that was nearly 40 years old.

Police officials say Bill Ludwigson has been charged in connection with the death of Velma Nesset. Police say in 1982, Nesset’s body was located in a culvert in the 4200 block of Tanglewood Lane.

Ludwigson is accused of sexually assaulting Nesset and stabbing her to death, the release from OPD reads.

OPD officials say they were able to identify Ludwigson through “advanced forensic technology” and relentless investigative efforts.

Ludwigson is currently in custody in Colorado and is awaiting extradition to Odessa.

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