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By Jeff Pack

Murrieta PD arrest two in connection with death of Henry Stange


Last updated 8/31/2018 at 3:58pm

Murrieta Police Department

Curtis Krueger, 30, and Ashlie Stapp, 27, were arrested Aug. 29 in connection with the death of Henry Stange.

Murrieta Police Department announced the arrest on Aug. 29 of Curtis Krueger, 30, and Ashlie Stapp, 27, in 29 Palms in connection with the death of Henry Stange. They were booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center for Homicide and Conspiracy and were each being held on $1 million bail.

Back on June 2, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department assisted the National Park Service with investigating a shallow grave site and attempting to hide his remains at Joshua Tree National Park that contained partially covered human remains that were later revealed to be of Henry Stange, 54.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department conducted a follow-up investigation on New Clay Street in Murrieta where a crime scene was discovered and the investigation was handed over to the Murrieta Police Department. Investigators did not specify when he went missing, or whether he was killed at his home.

A possible motive also was not disclosed, and there was no word on how the suspects were connected to Stange.

The investigation eventually led to the Aug. 29 arrest of Krueger and Stapp with the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Krueger was arrested by deputies near the south entrance to the Marine Corps' Twenty-Nine Palms Air-Ground Combat Center. Stapp was taken into custody on the campus of Copper Mountain Community College in Joshua Tree.

Marine Lt. Adam Miller told City News Service that Krueger enlisted in April 2005, beginning his career as a private, and continued up through the non-commissioned ranks until he qualified for officer candidate school. He earned his lieutenant's bars in 2015 and has been stationed since June 2017 at the Twentynine Palms base, where he is a communications officer assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 7, Combat Logistics Regiment 1.

Neither has documented prior felony convictions.

The investigation is ongoing and the Murrieta Police Department asks that anyone with any information related to this investigation to please contact Detective Sergeant Spencer Parker at (951) 461-6364.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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