Police investigating strangulation of former Playboy model

Posted at 5:49 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 18:49:52-04

PHILADELPHIA (NBC) – Detectives on Friday were searching for a strangler who killed a former Playboy model whose body was found in the bedroom of an upscale condominium outside Philadelphia.

Christina Carlin-Kraft’s body was discovered at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday after the Lower Merion Township Police were asked to check up on her, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s officesaid in a statement.

“An autopsy performed at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office determined the cause of death was ligature strangulation and manner of death homicide,” the police statement read.

While the crime scene was sealed off, detectives combed through the complex for evidence and collected surveillance video from nearby businesses at the Ardmore Farmers Market and Suburban Square, NBCPhiladelphia reported.

Neighbors told the Associated Press that the 36-year-old Carlin-Kraft had just moved in the previous week.

The DA’s office said “there does not appear to be any current concern to residents in the area.”

On her modeling profile, Carlin-Kraft described herself as having a “Russian and German background with a hint of Swedish.”

“I’ve done runway shows, print work, commercials for jewelry and evening gowns, and i (sic) did a tasteful photo shoot for Playboy that was beyond hollywood (sic) glamour,” her posting said.

In addition to Playboy, Carlin-Kraft’s modeling credits included Maxim, David Yurman and MAC Cosmetics.