Dramatic twist in the mysterious Club Med death of American tourist Marie Kuhhla, who was found strangled on Turks and Caicos Islands

THE mystery of the death of a Long Island woman found strangled to death at a resort has taken a shocking new turn more than three and a half years later.

Marie Kuhnla’s body has been found in a remote Club Med area in the Turks and Caicos and now the government is re-investigating her death.

Marie Kuhnla was found strangled to death in a remote area of ​​Club Med over three years ago

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Marie Kuhnla was found strangled to death in a remote area of ​​Club Med over three years agoPhoto credit: family handout
An investigation was being conducted into her death by the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands in what her family believes was a cover-up

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An investigation was being conducted into her death by the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands in what her family believes was a cover-upPhoto credit: NBC

The woman’s family are asking questions as to why the new investigation is being conducted, however island officials have not commented on the matter.

However, the family believes it is no coincidence that the decision was made in the middle of their $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against Club Med.

The hearing, known as the coroner’s inquest, began Tuesday. Kuhnla’s son, Rick Kuhnla Jr., said his mother’s death was not an accident.

“It was a violent murder and anything else to suggest it wasn’t is a lie.”

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The wife and mother had visited Club Med in the Turks and Caicos Islands with two other attorneys from Suffolk County Legal Assistance in the fall of 2018.

She was last seen alive leaving the pool to go to her room just days after the trip began.

A day and a half later, her body was discovered in a bush in a remote section of the report. However, island police initially said Kuhnla was found near the resort, not on it.

Her family believes the woman’s death is still being covered up.

“The authorities and the police just treat us like a nuisance, like, ‘Why are these people asking, why are they emailing us over and over again,'” Kuhnla Jr. said.

Her death was ruled murder by manual strangulation, but the family said they were unable to get the autopsy for nearly three years.

The coroner found diffuse bleeding in her head, a fractured rib, bruises near her lower body, and debris in her mouth and upper airway.

“It wasn’t just a manual strangulation from behind, this woman was beaten,” said Edward Dowd, an investigator hired by the Kuhnla family.

On the day Kuhnla’s body was found, Helma Hermans, who accompanied the woman on the trip, told police she believes another guest, also from Long Island and a Club Med employee, may have been responsible.

Hermans pointed the finger at Frank Yacullo Jr., who she alleges sexually groped her, when she complained to resort staff.

“I wasn’t the first to complain and I wasn’t the last. There were several complaints about him and they didn’t do anything,” Hermans said.

Island police arrested Yacullo on allegations of sexual assault. He was released on $10,000 bail posted by an unidentified resident.

Yacullo denied any wrongdoing and prosecutors declined to pursue Hermans’ complaint.

“I think they’re covering for him,” she said.

Yacullo is named along with Club Med in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family. He pleaded on the fifth in affidavits.

“I think the authorities don’t want the truth to come out, tourism is a big industry here and Club Med is a powerful company,” Kuhnla Jr. said.

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The coroner is due to testify on Wednesday. In an affidavit, he claimed that Kuhnla’s body was intentionally abused in the morgue.

“The world is watching,” Hermans said. “If they’re afraid of bad publicity for their island, it can’t get much worse.”

Her family has pointed the finger at a man named Frank Yacullo Jr., but prosecutors declined to pursue the complaint

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Her family has pointed the finger at a man named Frank Yacullo Jr., but prosecutors declined to pursue the complaintPhoto credit: Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force

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“I think the authorities don’t want the truth to come out,” said Kuhnla’s sonPhoto credit: Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force

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