New proof has emerged suggesting that a Lengthy Island community defender who was discovered strangled in Turks and Caicos 3 a long time back may have been sexually assaulted, her family’s lawyer explained.

Marie Kuhnla, 61, of Wantagh, an attorney with the Suffolk County Lawful Support Modern society, had seminal fluid on her underwear when her bruised entire body was learned in the bushes at a Club Med resort in tumble 2018, in accordance to a new lab report that was turned above to her family’s attorneys Thursday, WNBC described.

“It’s a bombshell since Royal Turks and Caicos law enforcement and Club Med experienced been arguing submit Marie’s loss of life that this incident was a consequence of Marie herself — that she primarily brought on her individual loss of life,” family legal professional Abe George instructed the information outlet.

“They’ve been hiding this evidence that this was an intentional assault, an intentional sexual assault that led to her loss of life,” he continued, adding that “they recommended basically that Marie Kuhnla tripped and fell into the sand, and killed herself.”

The relatives, which suspects a cover-up, filed a $10 million wrongful dying lawsuit in 2020 following using the services of private investigator Eddie Dowd, who reported it did not show up Kuhnla experienced walked absent from the resort to in which her system was located. 

As aspect of a new inquest right after the lawsuit, the choose turned in excess of the autopsy to her spouse and children.

NY attorney Marie Kuhnla found lifeless in Turks and Caicos may possibly have been sexually assaulted: household
New evidence indicates that Prolonged Island public defender Marie Kuhnla was sexually assaulted ahead of becoming strangled.
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Kuhnla, 61, was found dead in fall 2018 at a Club Med resort in Turks and Caicos.
Kuhnla, 61, was identified useless in tumble 2018 at a Club Med vacation resort in Turks and Caicos.
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It exposed that she experienced experienced damaged ribs, bruises on her interior thighs and experienced been partially disrobed, Dowd informed Fox Information, adding that whilst she was discovered 100 yards absent from her footwear, there was no dirt or scratches on her feet.

The autopsy also confirmed her underwear was on her — but inside out, WNBC claimed.

“It’s obviously actually unpleasant and challenging information,” son Rick Kuhnla Jr. told Fox Information Electronic just after attending the proceedings nearly.

“Seeing the law enforcement officer read through out that info in court was the to start with we’d read of it … It just confirms the address-up. I believe there is no denying that this was a law enforcement go over-up any more,” he reported.

“The base line is that Club Med and law enforcement have been telling us for several years that inspite of what their personal ME found, this was an incident,” the son extra. “But the lab report exhibits blood on almost every single short article of apparel/particular effect she experienced in addition to seminal fluid on [her] panties.”

He explained to WNBC that the family “had our suspicions for many years about a rape, but figuring out that they lied for yrs and years that this was an incident, is disgusting.”

When requested by the station if he stood by his ruling of homicide by guide strangulation, the health-related examiner, Dr. Michael Steckbauer, replied, “Of program.”

The wrongful death fit, filed in Nassau County, also accuses Frank Yacullo — a former Club Med personnel who Kuhnla’s pals have reported was final found with her — of killing her, and the resort of covering up the crime.

The Khunla family, suspecting a cover-up, filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit in 2020.
The Kuhnla loved ones, suspecting a go over-up, submitted a $10 million wrongful demise lawsuit in 2020.
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Authorities uncovered a woman’s DNA in Yacullo’s home, but it was not a match for Kuhnla, according to Fox News.

The Extensive Island gentleman was to begin with detained for allegedly groping one particular of her close friends, Helma Hermans, but afterwards manufactured bail and returned to the US, WNBC reported.

“I was not the first to complain and I wasn’t the final. There have been many issues about him and they did nothing at all,” Hermans explained, in accordance to the outlet.

Prosecutors have reportedly declined to go after Hermans’ criticism.

When reached for remark by WNBC, Yacullo denied any involvement.

He declined to cooperate with the FBI and the DNA evidence located on Kuhnla’s human body was inconclusive, the station said.

“How do you degrade DNA? You place the body under exhaust, which is what transpired,” George, the household attorney, advised WNBC.

The healthcare examiner testified throughout an before civil courtroom deposition as part of the family’s wrongful loss of life fit that the human body was poorly decomposed and blamed a morgue employee.

Steckbauer claimed the staff “decided that she was going to spot this distinct decedent beneath a heated exhaust (supporter), which no, I don’t feel is ideal. I do feel in this situation, it rises to the degree of felony liability,” the outlet noted.

“From what I have been told, her steps were being intentional,” he reportedly additional.

When requested by WNBC if he thought the decomposition was deliberate, Steckbauer would not comment.