On Saturday night police and an emergency crew were called to the home of Elaine Strecker, 47, by her current boyfriend. According to reports she had facial injuries and admitted to police that she had been involved in a physical assault that had taken place elsewhere. But she refused to give them details and she refused medical treatment.
On Sunday morning about 2:40 am her boyfriend again called for assistance. He had awakened and he realized that Elaine Strecker was not breathing.
After an autopsy, the coroner declared her death to be a homicide. She had died from excessive bleeding from the injuries she had received.
Police have made an arrest. They say that Strecker was at the home of a former boyfriend earlier in the day and the two got into a physical altercation. Under arrest and charged with suspicion of 2nd degree assault is 39 year old Kenneth Orlando. Police say they have enough evidence to charge him with the crime, but the investigation is continuing and further charges may be added. Orlando was a former boyfriend of Elaine Strecker, the current boyfriend is the one who called police.
You should never prejudge before the facts are out. I have to confess when D.P. first posted this at Crime News I noted that it had the earmarks of a DV. Refusal to provide information to the police about the crime, refusing medical aid often are seen with DV. Protection of the abuser often takes precedence over personal health and safety.
She had her own reasons for refusing the assistance. Perhaps fear of being charged herself- because she had been at the former boyfriend’s. Perhaps it was fear of the cost of medical care. Perhaps a fear of retaliation. Perhaps even the thought that the injuries were not that bad.
Head/facial injuries can be very serious and problems may not develop for several hours. Never give up your own personal health/safety to protect an abuser or even to keep from being charged. Get any head injuries checked. If another person is charged in the crime, an application can be made to the Victims of Crime Assistance program for reimbursement of the medical costs.