By Matt Kroschel

SALIDA, Colo. (CBS4) – Authorities have announced a major development in the cold case disappearance of Beverly England.

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CBS4 has learned the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office has a suspect they believe is responsible for England’s murder.

Beverly England (credit: CBS)

Beverly England (credit: CBS)

Sheriff John Speeze confirmed the suspect has been identified but are not releasing that person’s name. He did say the suspect lives in the San Luis Valley.

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Speeze says they have also discovered a vehicle that possibly holds key DNA evidence linking their suspect to the murder decades ago.

The cold case became active last year when DNA proved bones found years ago in a mountainous area were in fact those of the missing woman from Salida.

England was last seen in 1980. Her husband reported her missing after the 32-year-old failed to return home.

Her husband was publicly cleared in the case.

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Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.