OCTOBER 13 – 19, 2016 WWW.QNS.COM 4 RIDGEWOOD TIMES Ridgewood man hid dead grandma for 5 months: report BY ROBERT POZARYCKI RPOZARYCKI@QNS.COM @ROBBPOZ New details have emerged regarding the death of an 85-year-old woman whose body was found wrapped in plastic bags inside her Ridgewood home on Oct. 5. Erika Kraus-Breslin — who shared her 65th Street home with her grandson, 30-year-old Christopher Fuhrer — apparently died in May of this year, published reports indicated. The cause remains under investigation, and an autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is ongoing. Fuhrer, fearing he would lose his home, allegedly never reported her death and kept Kraus-Breslin’s body inside the residence, the New York Daily News reported. Over the last fi ve months, he painted her body and wrapped it in 16 plastic bags in an attempt to mask over the odor of her decomposing body. Fuhrer also allegedly placed numerous air fresheners through the home to cover the stench of death. Offi cers from the 104th Precinct made a wellness check to the residence on 65th Street near 68th Avenue at about 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 5; a family member had requested that the precinct visit the home aft er not hearing from Kraus-Breslin for an extended period time. When the offi cers arrived, they were met by Fuhrer, who led them to the second-fl oor bedroom where he kept the body. He allegedly told police she died on May 21. Following questioning, Fuhrer was arrested and charged with not reporting a death and burial/body removal without proper permit; he is currently being held on $350,000 bail. Additional charges are pending the results of the ongoing investigation. Photo via Google Maps An 85-year-old grandmother was found dead in her home on this dead-end block of 65th Street in Ridgewood.
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