PRESS RELEASE, 8/24/2009

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces the indictment of John P. Strutz on charge of Tampering With Evidence

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Delhi resident John P. Strutz (dob 9-16-78) on a charge of Tampering with Evidence (Felony 3) in a case involving the disappearance of his wife Kristan Strutz.

Strutz reported his wife missing from their Delhi home at 532 Greenwell Avenue on Saturday, August 15th in a 911 call to police. The police investigation uncovered information that Strutz tampered with evidence, specifically human remains, in his wife's disappearance.

Strutz was originally charged with Obstructing Official Business (Misdemeanor 2) and Tampering with Evidence (Felony 3). The Grand Jury ignored the less serious misdemeanor charge at the request of the prosecutor's office and returned an indictment on the felony charge. If convicted of this charge, Strutz faces the possibility of 5 years in prison.

More charges against Strutz are expected.

Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, "Today's indictment is only the first sought in connection with the disappearance of Kristan Strutz. In the very near future, I anticipate additional charges to be returned by the Grand Jury. We are awaiting the results of forensic testing by the Hamilton County Coroner's Office."