Jury in NY Mom’s Turks and Caicos Vacation Death Affirms Homicide Ruling — Now What?

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Tuesday’s developments come after bombshell evidence revealed Long Island tourist and mother Marie Kuhnla also may have been sexually assaulted before she was strangled in a Club Med paradise in 2018

A jury investigating the 2018 death of a 62-year-old Long Island mother whose battered body was found in a desolate section of Turks and Caicos days after she went on a Club Med vacation there with two colleagues has affirmed a medical examiner’s homicide ruling, but it’s not yet clear if island police will reopen the case they closed.

No arrests have been made in the case, more than three and a half years after Marie Kuhnla’s body was found. Police in Turks and Caicos had previously declared the case closed, having essentially claimed for years there was some sort of accident despite findings by the government’s own medical examiner that Kuhnla was killed by manual strangulation.

In this fairly atypical case, the jury was convened only to consider the question of how Kuhnla died — whether she was killed by manual strangulation, a homicide, as the medical examiner found or whether she died by some other means.



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