Nicole Berte Murder: Where is Randy Lee Bode Now? – Authorities were prompted to intervene after a charred pickup truck was discovered a few miles outside Algona, Iowa. Nicole Berte, a young mother who had been missing for nearly a day, was found inside.
‘Murder In The Heartland: Murder on Beer Can Alley,’ a documentary on Investigation Discovery, focuses on Nicole’s killing and how the police tracked down her killer, Randy Lee Bode. So, if you’re interested in learning more, here’s what we know.
The official synopsis of the episode:
Nicole Berte’s Cause of Death
Nicole Lynn Berte was born in the summer of 1975. According to the show, the young mother gave birth to her son, Brian, when she was just 14 years old. Nicole dropped out of high school but later earned her GED. The 25-year-old was a hard worker who always put her son first. She had worked as a bartender at the family pub and did some electrical work at a nearby company at the time of the event.
Nicole had been married to Chad Berte for almost three years when he travelled to Minnesota for a football game on November 17, 2000. Nicole went out with a few pals while leaving Brian with her mother, Lois. She did not, however, return the next day to pick him up as planned. Lois became concerned and reported her missing to the authorities.
On November 19, 2000, the police received a complaint about a burned-out pickup truck, according to the show. Human remains were discovered in the backseat. The death was deemed a homicide, but the cause of death remained unknown.
Who Killed Nicole Berte and Why?
Nicole was last seen in Algona on November 17, 2000, in a local tavern with a few pals, according to the authorities. Randy Lee Bode, then 24 years old, was there when she met him. Nicole and Randy were at the bar all evening, and into the early hours of November 18, according to the inquiry. Randy then asked Nicole if she could drive him home to his mother’s house, and Nicole consented.
Nicole never returned home after they left between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. Randy’s mother told the authorities that her son had come home that night but then departed again, and she hadn’t seen him since. Randy had recently done laundry, according to the episode. He was apprehended after a report about his whereabouts was received.
While Randy remained silent, officials gathered DNA evidence and spotted marks on his face. The police had already been able to recover a semen sample from Nicole’s body, and DNA analysis confirmed Randy’s profile in September 2001. Additionally, cigarette butts discovered near the crime scene matched Randy’s DNA.
According to the show, he told the cops that Nicole agreed to give him a ride home and that he made sexual approaches toward her while in the car. Randy claimed that when Nicole turned him down, he took her to the back seat, raped her, and strangled her to death.
What Happened to Randy Lee Bode?
Randy could have gotten away with it if the case had gone to trial, according to the prosecution, because of destroyed evidence, contradicting witness testimony, and other issues. As a result, he pleaded guilty to counts of willful manslaughter and sexual assault in the second degree.
The judge gave him a 10-year term for manslaughter and a 25-year sentence for sexual assault. Randy was already serving a 10-year sentence for sexual abuse. These sentences were to run concurrently. He is still detained in Page County, Iowa’s Clarinda Correctional Facility. Randy will be released from prison in 2031.