BREMERTON  (AP) — Police have arrested a 57-year-old West Bremerton man in connection with the death of his longtime girlfriend earlier this year.

Bremerton police say officers arrested Richard Heller Wednesday after an investigation into 67-year-old Perleen Bode's death in January at their home.

Police were called Jan. 5 to the home by Heller, who allegedly told authorities that Bode was unconscious and had possibly died.

Officers found her dead at the home. Police say an autopsy determined her death was due to a broken neck with severe spinal cord injuries.

Police say the investigation indicates Bode was strangled and her larynx was crushed. Police say statements from Heller show he was the only one present when she died.

Heller is being held on $1 million bail on suspicion of domestic violence murder.

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