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Man Goes to Cops, Says He Killed Wife 13 Years Ago

He said he strangled 'frantic' wife in Missouri
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2019 2:12 AM CDT
Updated Aug 7, 2019 5:42 AM CDT
Keith Comfort.   (City of Lake Geneva Police Department)

(Newser) – A troubled man walked into a police station in Wisconsin on Sunday and confessed to killing his wife 13 years to the day earlier, police say. According to court papers filed Monday, Keith Comfort told officers that on Aug. 4, 2006, he went to his home in Columbia, Mo., after wife Megan Schultz told him she had "ripped someone off" in a narcotics transaction, ABC17 reports. Police say Comfort told them that Schultz started frantically swinging at him after he entered the residence and he ended up "taking her to the ground" and strangling her. He then allegedly put her body in a garbage bag and left it in a dumpster at the apartment complex. Police say that when he went to the police station in the town of Lake Geneva, Comfort initially said he wanted to speak to officers about a mental health issue. He is being held on $1 million bond pending extradition to Missouri.

Comfort said after he disposed of the body, he filed a missing person report with police the next day after Schultz's mother asked where she was. Police at the time said they did not suspect foul play in the 24-year-old's disappearance and it was not being treated as a criminal matter, the Columbia Missourian reports. Comfort filed for divorce less than three weeks after the killing and was granted custody of their infant daughter. He moved to Wisconsin and remarried, but got divorced around a year ago and was living in a long-stay motel before he confessed Sunday, Fox 6 reports. "The circumstances where you have someone come into a police station and accept responsibility 13 years later, yes, that is a long time in a different state," says Boone County prosecutor Dan Knight. "That is unusual." (Read more cold cases stories.)

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