Kayla Brantley, Daily Mail, August 27, 2108
A surveillance image has been released of a man suspected in the murder of a former Playboy model found strangled to death in her upscale Pennsylvania condo last week.
Authorities on Monday released video of a man they say had contact with 36-year-old Christina Carlin-Kraft in the area of Broad and Locust streets in Philadelphia the morning of her death.
Her body was found later Wednesday night at 9.15pm in the bedroom of her Ardmore condo she had moved into just one week prior.
Police say the unidentified man was captured on video at the entrance to a subway station and may have used a ride-hailing service to get from Philadelphia to Ardmore.
The man in the video appears to be a black man with facial hair, wearing a white durag and a black leather jacket.
Surveillance video near the 15th and Market entrance to the SEPTA in Philadelphia captured him.
Investigators said the person of interest possibly called a car service from 13th and Locust in Center City to Sibley Avenue in Ardmore, where Kraft lived.
Police say surveillance cameras at the apartment show a man following Kraft into the building the night before she was discovered.
However the man is not seen on surveillance footage leaving the apartment and cops believe he likely escaped by jumping off the balcony.
Lower Merion Township Police were called to Kraft’s residence on Wednesday to perform a wellness check when she was found dead.
Police have not confirmed who initiated the wellness check.
An autopsy report revealed the lingerie model died by ‘ligature strangulation.’ As of Monday, police had not made any arrests.
Kraft’s modeling profile lists photo shoots for Vanity Fair, Victoria’s Secret, Playboy and Maxim.
Three days prior to murder, Christina Kraft reported to police that jewelry had been stolen from her apartment.
Her father Stuart Kraft, who lives in Linwood, New Jersey, said that she had gotten in touch via text to tell him about the break-in.
‘A few days before, somebody had broken into the apartment and stole all her jewelry,’ he said.
‘I didn’t speak to her after that. She texted me a little bit. She didn’t want to bother me with her troubles and how I wish she did.
Her father told DailyMail.com: ‘She was a happy-go-lucky lady, she loved life. She loved to be around people and she liked to enjoy herself with people and that’s what I think occurred. I think that somebody saw her happiness and took advantage of that.’
Prosecutors asked anyone who recognizes the man seen in the video to call Lower Merion police at 610-649-1000 or county detectives at 610-278-3368. Or submit tips through the STOPit app by using the code ‘MONTCOPA.’