The husband called 911 and reported that his wife was found dead in their bed.
One man mercilessly killed his pregnant wife and then tried to mislead authorities over her death. However, after months of investigation, the officers finally caught up with his lies and arrested him for the murder.
According to People, Richard James Guichelaar from Michigan was arrested in connection to the death of his pregnant wife, Amber Guichelaar in November 2020. The investigators found that the mother of three died of strangulation. She was killed just a few days before her 33rd birthday.
Pregnant Mom of 2, Who Was Beloved Schoolteacher, Is Allegedly Strangled to Death by Husband https://t.co/sSf1bnUmfx— People (@people) January 12, 2021
Deputy Chief Bryan Litwin of the Kentwood Police Department announced Richard's arrest in a press release.
"Kentwood Police detectives believed that the cause of her death was suspicious. Kentwood detectives worked this case for almost two months, and with the help of the Kent County Medical Examiner's Office, they were able to develop probable cause to arrest a suspect for her murder," said the Chief.
Richard was presented in court with an open murder charge. His bond is set at $2 million. The 35-year-old man whose next court date is scheduled for 21 January 2021 has not yet entered a plea.
According to the affidavit, Richard was the one who called the emergency services at around 3:30 a.m. on the night of his wife's death. He told them that he had found her dead in their bed. However, the autopsy report suggested that she died of homicide by strangulation/asphyxiation.
The medical examiner also found "injuries consistent with an assault which occurred just prior to her death." The affidavit also stated that Richard was the only person at home who was "capable of causing such injuries." Additionally, the man failed to clearly explain the events that led to Amber's death.
Amber's death has left her family and students at Kentwood Public Schools in pain. "This has been a difficult time for the Kentwood family, the students, staff, and ultimately the involved families. In trauma situations, the district and building leadership continue to provide ongoing support to students and staff as they grieve this loss. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family as they cope with this tragedy," said the school in a statement.
Meanwhile, a GoFund Me page has been set up to support Amber's daughters. "We rejoice for Amber is with her heavenly father but her two girls are still here. Amber's sister Brittany will be taking care of the girls and their future! Exactly who Amber chose for their care. The girls are being well cared for at this time but we know there is a lot ahead. Please consider donating for the girl's future," stated the page.