Funeral For Strangled Owensboro Woman

Published: Jun. 26, 2006 at 10:05 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 3, 2006 at 1:04 PM CDT
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New Media Producer: Kerry Corum

UPDATE, FRI, 11:00 AM: Funeral services will be held Saturday, for an Owensboro woman found strangled in her home.

Owensboro police spent three days interviewing neighbors and sifting through evidence in the death of 46-year-old Corrine Stoudt. Some of the Stoudt's neighbors say it's a quiet area and they were stunned to learn Corrine was strangled in her own home Sunday.

Her husband Calvin discovered the body and called 911.

Neighbor Jim Stuck says, "They asked us a couple of questions. If we'd seen anybody strange around, we'd see anything unusual and we told them no."

Officer Jeff Arntz "They're talking to neighbors, friends, family members, co-workers, church members. Anybody they can get a hold of to."

Owensboro police say they have no suspects or persons of interest in this case.

UPDATE, WED, 6:15 AM: Daviess County Coroner Bob Howe says an autopsy shows 46-year-old Corrine Stoudt of Owensboro died from strangulation Sunday, and the attacker likely used some object apart from his hands.

Police say her husband returned home from church to find his wife dead.

Howe says marks on the victim's neck led him to that conclusion, but he doesn't know yet what was used.

Police interviewed neighbors, friends, family members, co-workers and church members, but say no arrests have been made.

The coroner says Stoudt had no other wounds on her body.

UPDATE, TUE, 12:15 PM: Authorities continue their investigation into the murder of an Owensboro woman Tuesday morning.

Corrine Stoudt was found dead in her Owensboro home Sunday night, by her husband.

There was no sign of forced entry - and no murder weapon left behind.

So far, police aren't talking about possible suspects, but they are looking into a possible discrepancy between the physical evidence and Calvin Stoudt's timeline of events.

Officer Jeff Arntz tells Newswatch, "He left his house at 4:30, and he said she was fine when he left. So somewhere inside three hours."

And Daviess County Coroner Bob Howe says, "She was found approximately 8:00 at night, but I think she'd been dead quite a while before that. Since maybe shortly after noon."

Investigators say the lack of any sign of forced entry or noticeable defensive wounds on the victim are potential indications she either knew her attacker or was surprised.

Police aren't saying if anyone has been ruled out as a suspect.

UPDATE, TUE, 6:15 AM: The strangling death of a 46-year-old Owensboro woman is the object of an intensive police investigation Tuesday.

Calvin Stoudt says he found his wife, Corrine, dead at the couple's home when he returned from church Sunday night.

An autopsy Monday showed the cause of death was strangulation and the victim had been dead for several hours before she was found at about 7:45 PM.

Daviess County Coroner Bob Howe says there was evidence some object was used to strangle Stoudt.

Corrine Stoudt's nude body was found face down.

Reporter: Jonathan Hardison
New Media Producer: Rachel Chambliss

UPDATE, MON 9 PM: Police, searching for leads, may have found one in a possible discrepancy between the physical evidence and the husband's story.

Calvin Stoudt told police he found his wife's body when he returned home from church Sunday night. He told investigators his wife was fine when he left three hours earlier, but the coroner says she may have been dead eight hours before her body was found.

Summoned by Calvin Stoudt's call, police arrived at a home on Lee Court Saturday night to find 46-year-old Corrine Stoudt lying lifeless inside.

Owensboro Police Officer Jeff Arntz states, "It was determined that she had marks on her neck that looked like she had been strangled. An autopsy confirmed she died from asphyxiation."

Bob Howe, the Daviess County coroner, informs, "There was marks around her neck where something had been placed around her neck, and she was strangled."

Investigators found no murder weapon, no signs of forced entry, and no noticeable defensive wounds on the victim - all potential indications that the victim either knew her attacker or was surprised.

"You don't know whether she was surprised or what. Didn't look like she struggled," Howe continues.

And now come questions about Stoudt's timeline of events when compared to the physical evidence.

Arntz says, "He left his house at 4:30 [Sunday afternoon]. And he said she was fine when he left. So somewhere inside three hours."

"She was found approximately eight at night, but I think she'd been dead quite a while before that - since maybe shortly after noon," concludes Howe.

But those are preliminary findings in the earliest stages of this investigation.

And this murder has stunned neighbors.

Toogie Everly, a neighbor, says, "I am just shocked. You always think that happens to someone else in some other neighborhood. I don't know what to think about it. It's just shocking."

Newswatch asked Owensboro police if anyone has been ruled out as a subject, and they said that was all part of the ongoing investigation and couldn't comment. That investigation is expected to continue Tuesday.

PREVIOUSLY: Police are investigating the death of an Owensboro woman Monday night.

Forty-six-year old Corrine Stoudt was found dead in her home about 7:30 Sunday night. It was Corrine's husband who found her body. He called 911 to say his wife wasn't breathing.

An autopsy finds the cause of death strangulation. Investigators found no sign of forced entry. But they aren't ruling out the attacker came in through an unlocked door.