“It was such a big case,” said the lead investigator at the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant. John Kadner told CNN on Wednesday night. Investigators have determined that the killer was Kenneth Gould, a native of Great Falls, who grew up near one of the victims.
16-year-old Patricia Kalicke and her boyfriend Lloyd Dwayne Bogle were found fatally shot in the head near Bogle’s car in 1956 in a case that has puzzled investigators for decades.
“Two popular children who were essentially shot in a Lover’s Lane situation,” Kadner said.
The suspect’s DNA profile in 2001 was developed using forensic evidence preserved from Kalitske̵
“They built a family tree backwards and then forwards to develop (the link to) Kenneth Gould,” Kadner said.
At the time Gould was identified as the prime suspect, investigators had no way to confirm him directly with DNA. “He died in 2007 and was cremated,” Sergeant said. Kadner said.
Police were able to find two of Gould’s children who submitted DNA samples that matched the evidence gathered in 1956. It was later established that Gould and Kalitske grew up close to each other.
Kadner believes this is the oldest murder case resolved with this type of genetic screening.
Although he knew all along that the killer was likely to be dead by the time he was found, Kadner said he felt compelled to resolve the case after reviewing decades of files collected by past detectives.
“They poured their hearts and souls into the case and it just made you realize how hard the investigators worked,” he said. “The same thing happens to you in essence.”
According to the detective, the police still have no motive in the case, but the families of the victims are grateful to have at least some answers 65 years later.