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  • Husband charged with murdering wife

  • State Police, Blooming Grove, have charged Patrick Kruger, age 34, of Gold Key Estates, with the murder of his wife Holly.


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  • State Police, Blooming Grove, have charged Patrick Kruger, age 34, of Gold Key Estates, with the murder of his wife Holly.
    Holly Kruger, who was 33, died Saturday, May 14th as a result of “compression on the neck” according to the autopsy report.
    On May 18, Patrick Kruger was charged with one count of Criminal Homicide and a Pennsylvania warrant was issued for his arrest. After State Police found the both unresponsive in their home, they were transported to Bon Secours Hospital, Port Jervis, NY.
    He was taken into custody at the hospital by members of the New York State Police as a Fugitive from Justice. He was subsequently incarcerated in the Orange County Jail (New York) pending extradition to Pennsylvania.
    According to the report, at about 2:45 a.m., State Police responded to 107 Hillside Terrace, Gold Key development in Dingman Township, on a report of a possible domestic dispute. Upon arrival Holly and Patrick Kruger were found unresponsive in their residence.
    Holly Kruger was pronounced dead at the hospital by the Orange County Medical Examiner. An autopsy was performed on Holly at Arden Hospital, Goshen, NY.
    Information in the affidavit filed by Trooper Sandra VanLuvender and trooper Edward McCarthy is summarized here:
    At approximately 2:48 a.m. State Police received a call from Patrick’s sister-in-law that Patrick had badly hurt his wife. The defendant had telephoned his mother in the early morning hours apologizing for what he had done and said his children were okay. He said that the victim was “sitting next to him.”
    Troopers arrived at 3:17 a.m. arrived at the house. There was no answer to their knocks; they entered an unlocked door and discovered both the victim and defendant lying on a bed, both unresponsive but breathing. An ambulance was dispatched.
    Troopers also found four children in the house, ages 9, 7, 4 and 3, in other bedrooms.
    Upon interviewing the defendant’s mother, State Police were told that the defendant told his mother earlier on the evening of the 13th than his wife was having an affair and wanted a divorce. The victim allegedly told the defendant that she planned to take the children with her and would be marrying her boyfriend.
    At about 2 a.m., the defendant called his mother crying and said he wanted his brother and wife to come over; the brother came on the phone and asked what the defendant had done, but got no answer.
    On the 15th the victim’s mother told State Police that the defendant had also apologized to her on the phone but did not respond to her questions of what he had done.
    State Police seized a computer from the Kruger residence, and a forensic analysis was done. A document was found on it titled “READ THIS MOM” and was created at 1:26 a.m., May 14, as well as a document addressed to his children. According to the affidavit, the defendant describes the broken relationship with his wife and regrets that he also would not be there in the future to see his children grow up.

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