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Christina Carlin-Kraft, ex-Playboy model, found strangled to death in Pennsylvania apartment: Police

August 25, 2018

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of Christina Carlin-Kraft, a former Playboy model discovered strangled in the bedroom of her apartment in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, police said Thursday.

Police found the body of a woman subsequently identified as Carlin-Kraft, 36, while conducting a wellness check Wednesday evening at her residence in Ardmore, northwest of Philadelphia, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said in a press release.

“An autopsy performed at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office determined the cause of death was ligature strangulation and manner of death homicide,” Mr. Steele said, meaning the model was fatally asphyxiated with an item like rope or wire.

“There does not appear to be any current concern for residents in the area,” Mr. Steele said.

Carlin-Kraft posed for photographs that previously appeared in publications including Playboy, Maxim and Vanity Fair magazines, as well as advertisements for Victoria’s Secret, Loreal and MAC Cosmetics, according to her online modeling profile.

“I’ve done runway shows, print work, commercials for jewelry and evening gowns, and i did a tasteful photo shoot for Playboy that was beyond hollywood glamour!” she wrote online.

Carlin-Kraft grew up in South Jersey and previously worked as a waitress in Atlantic City before becoming both a model and interior designer, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday.

Her body was found in an apartment owned by her boyfriend, a Wall Street banker, where a robbery was reported several days prior to her death, The Inquirer reported.

Andre Melton, 31, is wanted by police in connection with last weekend’s robbery, a local ABC station reported Saturday. He has not been named a suspect at this time in the model’s death, the report said.

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