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Decades-old slaying of Righteous Brothers singer’s ex-wife solved

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McKenna Medley (L) and her father, singer Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, perform during the 50th anniversary gala at Caesars Palace on August 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Caesars Palace)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities say they’ve solved the 1976 rape and killing of the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley.

The Sheriff’s Department said Friday that investigators have identified a suspect in the death of Karen Klass by using DNA from a relative of the suspect. However, authorities won’t name that suspect or say whether they’ve made an arrest.

Klaas was attacked in January 1976 as she returned to her home in Hermosa Beach near Los Angeles.

The 32-year-old was sexually assaulted and strangled with her pantyhose. She never regained consciousness and died in a hospital a few days later.

Officials are expected to release additional details about the case at a news conference Monday.