After a lie-detector test last night, Christopher Murray, 48, broke down and confessed to detectives that he strangled his 46-year-old wife to death last week after an argument, police said at a press conference today.
Ironically, today, August 10, is also the day when Murray's late wife, Connie Murray, will be laid to rest at funeral services.
Christopher Murray became a suspect early in the investigation in part because he performed "the concerned husband show," said Lt. Philip Riehl at a press conference today to announce Murray's confession and arrest.
"Parts of his story didn't add up," Riehl said.
For example, Murray told police that after his wife went missing, he began checking with police stations and hospitals, rather than with friends, neighbors or family members, which raised a red flag to detectives.
Additionally, surveillance footage showed Connie Murray power-walking outside Pennypack Park when a
silver Ford Taurus pulled up alongside her and she popped her head in the window before walking away from the car.
Murray's primary vehicle was the same model.
Riehl said they believe Murray intercepted Connie on her walk and the two entered the park and went to the benches to talk, where the two argued before Christopher strangled her to death.
"It was a rage incident," Riehl said, adding that the couple had been experiencing "ongoing domestic discord."
Connie Murray went jogging in Pennypack Park around 9 p.m. on Monday, August 5.
Christopher Murray reported her missing to police around 2 a.m.
Murray’s body was found along the 3000 block of Holme Avenue by a female neighbor who was walking her dog around 6 a.m. Tuesday August 6 behind two benches adjacent to Crispin Playground.
Detectives said the couple got into an argument there and he strangled her to death.
"Obviously there's no celebration in this case but perhaps the people that play and exercise in the area of Pennypack Park can have a sigh of relief because there is not a predator lurking in the area," Riehl said.
Murray has been arraigned on murder charges, Riehl said, and is being held without bail.