Sheriff Dunning Updates KMTV Action 3 News On Kruger Murder
Douglas County, NE - Word began to spread Thursday evening that an arrest may have been made in the murder of Andrea Kruger. The young mother was found dead near the intersection of 168th and Fort Street early Wednesday morning.
Late Thursday night, Sheriff Tim Dunning told KMTV Action 3 News that no arrests had been made. He said Thursday was a successful day in the investigation, and he hopes to have a successful conclusion soon. When anchor Craig Nigrelli asked him if "successful conclusion" meant an arrest, the sheriff answered, "Yes." However, he would not give a time frame of when that would be.
Kruger had left her job as a bar tender at Déjà Vu Lounge near 180th and Pacific around 1:45 Wednesday morning. A short time later, neighbors reported hearing gunfire in the area of 168th and Fort. Her body was lying near the intersection, and her gold Chevy Traverse was gone.
Police spent all Wednesday looking for that SUV. Someone called it in later that night; it had been abandoned in an alley near 43rd and Charles. Thursday morning, the sheriff's office said the inside was charred, and it appeared that someone had done a poor job of trying to set it on fire.
Kruger was 33-years-old and a mother of three. Her family believes she may have been carjacked. Her husband, Michael-Ryan Kruger, told KMTV she was the center of his universe. He was among the dozens who gathered for a prayer walk Thursday night at the location where Andrea's body was found.