According to Erie officials the Erie Times News reported that the victim had a "number of wounds" that appeared to have been caused by a "sharp force instrument." The cause of death was listed as "suspicious."
Recently, the woman ended a relationship with a man she was dating by the name of David L. "Jody" Kromer ( shown below) 56, of Margaretta Township, Ohio. Police have issued a nationawide manhunt for this individual.
David Kromer is 6' 1" tall, weighing 210 pounds, he has blond hair and blue eyes. He is possibly driving a blue 2000 Jeep Cherokee with Ohio license plate DQW 3569 or Carla Westhofen's tan 2002 GMC Envoy with Ohio license plate AXS 6883.
Anyone one who has seen or has information about this case is asked to call the Erie County Sheriff's office at 419-625-7951. Police have issued warrants for David Kromer's arrest on charges of murder and kidnapping.
After Carla Westhofen ended the relationship and concerened for her safety she obtained a court order of protection. David Kromer violated that court court order and was arrested. He posted bond and likely continued to stalk Carla. In some situations obtaining a court order of protection or having the abuser arrested can anger the abuser. And when the person ends the relationships does not implement safety changes as it pertains to their residence, security alarms or mace, self defense the outcome can be deadly. If you are a victim it is important to have a personalized safety plan.
In addition, the National Domestic Violence coalition provides assistance to shelter, information and services free of charge in your afrea 24/7. Please before you secure an order of protection consider placing a call for steps you can implement, if you are able, prior to obtaining a court order. The number is 1-800-799-SAFE.