Aspiring Model Found Dead In Her Car In Milwaukee. Thirty Years Later, Her Killer Remains Free.

Source: Milwaukee police; Justice For Beth Buege/Facebook

May 1 2022, Published 2:33 p.m. ET

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A beautiful, aspiring model was found dead inside her vehicle in Milwaukee. She had been strangled to death and police scoured the area for her killer.

That was in 1990. Now, 30 years later, police are still hoping to solve her cold-case murder.

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On June 3, 1990, Beth Buege was found strangled to death in her 1985 Plymouth Laser on North 49th Street. She was outside a bar where her boyfriend at the time lived above.

But her brother, Bruce Buege, told CBS58 in 2015 that he believes that man, the person who last saw him alive, knows what happened. He said the boyfriend never showed up to the funeral over even sent a condolence card.

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Bruce also told the TV station that he believed the killer probably confided in someone else.

A few years before speaking to the TV station, Bruce and his father, Robert Beuge, spoke to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about Beth’s killing. He said the supposed boyfriend hired an attorney soon after the killing.

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Police investigator King DeSeve said officers only had circumstantial evidence, so they never arrested the man.


Bruce told the newspaper that now his sister has been dead longer than she was alive and he couldn’t believe someone could live with the secret they were a killer.

"It's hard to believe that someone could live that long with something like that on his mind,” Bruce told the Journal-Sentinel.

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Beth was adopted by her parents at a young age, the newspaper noted. She knew she wasn’t blood-related but showed little desire to find her birth mother.

She graduated high school in 1987 and won a state division championship in gymnastics. After graduation, she worked at a jewelry store before becoming a cocktail waitress, the Journal-Sentinel reported.

Beth had also put together a modeling portfolio when she was killed. Bruce still has the book.

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"We grew up the way you hear you're supposed to grow up - family vacations, going to school together," Bruce told the Journal-Sentinel. "I didn't think it would turn out as tragically as it did.

"But it's nice to look at the picture and have her smile at you."

Anyone with information on Beth’s killing is asked to contact Milwaukee police at (414) 935-7360.


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