Ithaca murder victim identified
Fri, 05 Jun 2009 04:23:23 GMT —
State Police say a woman found murdered near a park in Ithaca was a Cornell University researcher.
Troopers identified her as 28-year-old Caroline Coffey. An autopsy showed she suffered a fatal cut to the neck. Her body was found Wednesday morning along the Black Diamond Trail near Taughannock Falls State Park.
State Police captain Lawrence Jackmin say police are questioning her 24-year-old husband - Blazej Kot - about Coffey's death, but have not charged him.
"We are proceeding cautiously through the investigation," Jackmin says. "When the facts warrant an arrest one will be made."
Troopers say Kot led police on a five-minute chase Tuesday night before crashing his vehicle. He was found with an apparent self-inflicted injury. Police later found the couple's house on fire.
Kot was in stable condition and under guard Thursday at an area hospital. Kot is a post graduate student at Cornell. Police say the couple had been married for a little more than a year and had just traveled to Costa Rica to celebrate their one year anniversary last month.
Police say Kot is being kept under guard at a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition.