Posted in Related Deaths8-31-2012 Florida:
A man found hanging from a tree in Greenbelt Park on Sunday morning apparently first killed his girlfriend before turning to suicide, authorities said.
The body of Louise Attardi-Cramer, 50, dead from blunt force trauma, was discovered in her bedroom early Sunday, said Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff's Office.
About four hours later, Michael Kanuf, 49, was found by a couple taking a morning stroll through a secluded area of the park adjacent to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Concepcion said.
Police say Kanuf left a note outside a relative's home admitting to the crime and saying that he was going to commit suicide.
After receiving a call at about 6:30 a.m. requesting that the Sheriff's Office perform a welfare check of Attardi-Cramer, police found her body in her home in the 5300 block of Southwest 29th Way, Concepcion said.
Police spent the next several hours, Concepcion said, searching for Kanuf, the father of Attardi-Cramer's teenage son.
When the couple made the grisly discovery in the park, they called 911. The body was confirmed to be Kanuf, Concepcion said.
When reached by telephone Sunday afternoon, a relative of Attardi-Cramer's declined to comment: "This is a time of mourning for the family and nobody wants to talk about what's going on."
Records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show that Kanuf is a registered sexual offender stemming from a 1993 conviction out of Miami-Dade County for lewd or lascivious fondling of a child younger than 16.
The murder-suicide investigation is ongoing. ..Source.. by Tonya Alanez, Sun Sentinel