Murrieta PD arrests couple in connection with death of man

A Twentynine Palms couple was arrested Wednesday in connection with the June 2 discovery of the body of a man in a shallow grave in Joshua N...

A Twentynine Palms couple was arrested Wednesday in connection with the June 2 discovery of the body of a man in a shallow grave in Joshua National Park.

Curtis Krueger, 30, and Ashlie Stapp, 27, were arrested by Murrieta Police officers with assistance from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department in Twentynine Palms. They were booked at the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has been investigating the case since working with the National Park Service on the discovery of a grave that contained partially covered human remains, according to a news release by Murrieta PD. The deceased was identified as Henry Strange, age 54.

A follow-up investigation took place in the 24000 block of New Clay Street in Murrieta. When a crime scene was discovered, Murrieta PD took over the investigation.

Krueger and Stapp each face charges of conspiracy to commit a felony and murder. Bail for each was set at $1 million. No further information was given about the victim.

This investigation is ongoing and the Murrieta Police Department requests that anyone with any information related to this investigation to contact Detective Sergeant Spencer Parker at 951-461-6364.

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