2016-10-12 / Front Page

Ridgewood Man Charged With Grandmother’s Death

By Liz Goff
Police responding to a daughter’s request for a wellness check t her elderly mother’s Ridgewood home made a grisly discovery on October 5.

The woman’s grandson, Christopher Fuhrer, 30, led police to a second-floor bedroom where they found the remains of 85-year-old Erika Kraus-Breslin, handcuffed and in multiple plastic bags. The body was stashed in a corner of the bedroom, near a fan and surrounded by air fresheners to mask the odor, police said.

“The guy admitted right away that his grandmother died on May 20, and he never called 911 or family members,” a police source said. “He said he was afraid he would be forced to leave the home after she died.”

Cops said the grandmother gave Fuhrer a place to live when he was 17, unemployed and with no place to call home.

Fuhrer was charged with improper body disposal, removing a body without a permit and failure to report a death, misdemeanor counts punishable by a $10,000 fine or a year in jail.

Fuhrer told investigators he last saw his grandmother alive on May 19, when he went to her bedroom and turned her over to relieve painful bed sores, a police source said. Fuhrer told police he found the woman dead when he went to check on her the next day.

Sources said police have ruled the death suspicious, pending the results of an ongoing investigation.

The city medical examiner is conducting tests to determine how Kraus-Breslin died. .


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