James Kline, Pennsylvania man arrested in the murder of his wife, Cora – who he strangled and buried beneath their Paint Township mobile home- after reporting her missing.
A Pennsylvania man who reported his wife missing in April has been charged with killing her — after strangling the woman and burying her body underneath their home, cops said.
James Dwayne Kline, 48, was charged Wednesday with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, strangulation and other related counts in the death of Cora Kline, 46, after being questioned by state police according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.
James Kline‘s arrest follows the husband having reported his wife missing in early April the Tribune-Democrat reported.
The breakthrough in the case came after investigators got a tip that they should inspect the couple’s Paint Township mobile home, ‘a bit more closely’, leading to a search warrant that brought police to a suspected burial site beneath the residence on Tuesday.
‘We believe Mr. Kline strangled his wife to death and buried her under the building,’ Trooper Cliff Greenfield said during a news conference. ‘He then reported her to us as missing, so he misled us.’
Kline’s body was found after firefighters cut through sections of aluminum siding to reach the burial site, Greenfield said.
Tattoos were used to positively identify the woman WPXI reported
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There were warning signs:
Explained the victim’s cousin, Mary Matheny, ‘I didn’t see any warning signs, but others said they did.’
‘I wish I would have,’ she said. ‘Because I would’ve taken her and told her to come stay with me. I never saw any of it. What he did to my cousin is uncalled for. You’re supposed to love that person. He never loved her if you’re going to do that to her.’
Kline was expected to be arraigned late Wednesday, but he was taken to a hospital after having a medical episode. No known motive for the murder was immediately known.