Prominent Boston surgeon arrested for murdering his missing wife whose remains are found near their home in Dover, Massachusetts, two days after she went missing
Urologist Ingolf Tuerk, 58, was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife, Kathleen McLean Tuerk, 45, who was missing since Thursday
Tuerk was charged after Kathleen’s remains were found in an outdoor area near the Valley Road home they shared after 11 p.m. Saturday
Tuerk was taken into custody overnight and is expected to be arraigned Monday in Dedham District Court
Ingolf Tuerk and Kathleen M Tuerk reportedly, were in active divorce 1B proceedings, or a “contested no-fault divorce” in Norfolk County Family Court
A hearing took place in the divorce last Monday, according to court records
Ingolf Tuerk, [right], was accused of killing his wife Kathleen McLean Tuerk, [left], whose remains were found in an outdoor area near their Valley Road home in Dover late Saturday. The manner of death has not been disclosed
Authorities in Massachusetts have accused Dr. Ingolf of killing his wife Kathleen McLean, 45, whose remains were found in an outdoor area near their Valley Road home in Dover late Saturday. the manner of her death died has not disclosed.
McLean, who was last seen in her home, had been missing since Thursday.
By the weekend, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey’s office issued a statement calling McLean’s disappearance ‘suspicious’ and said an investigation was underway.
Massachusetts State Police, as well as police departments in Dover and Dedham began investigating McLean’s disappearance after she went missing on Thursday, the report said.
Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey on Saturday issued a statement calling McLean’s disappearance “suspicious”.
Tuerk was arrested that night after police “developed information” about the whereabouts of the body and found her, the outlet said.
Tuerk who describes himself in his twitter profile s a ‘robotic surgeon’ was born in Germany. He obtained his degree from Humboldt University in Berlin.
A family portrait has the couple posing with four youths on Facebook and while the couple each describe themselves on social media as parents, it was not clear if they had children together.
Ingolf Tuerk [left], and Kathleen M Tuerk [right], reportedly, were in active divorce 1B proceedings, or a contested no-fault divorce. Ingolf was arrested Saturday and is expected to be arraigned Monday in Dedham District Court on charges related to the death of his wife Kathleen
LinkedIn lists a surgeon by the same name as Tuerk serving as chief of urology at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.
Tuerk while working at St. Elizabeth’s, was accused of falsely billing Medicaid.
A statement from the office of AG Maura Healey’s offices states that Tuerk, ’caused improper billings to MassHealth of over $31,000.’
The fraud case was resolved under the terms of a settlement reached in November.
He agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve the allegations under the terms of the settlement, according to the office of the Attorney General.
‘False billing is a serious issue that hurts people in need of health care,’ said AG Healey in the statement.
‘It is important that all doctors follow the law, and our office will aggressively pursue those who overbill our health care system.’
The reports of the fraud compiled by the attorney general’s office details how Dr. Tuerk allegedly ‘instructed his residents and fellows at the hospital to document the use of ultrasound probes during partial nephrectomies (kidney removal) in patient medical records, even when they had not been used during surgeries.’
The surgeon prior to the deal had been credited for removing a cancerous tumor discovered in Massachusetts man after he was he was injured in a shark attack in 2015. Tuerk was chief of urology at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, where he has worked for nearly 12 years until he was “formally terminated” in February, officials at Steward Health Care, which runs the hospital, said in a statement Sunday.
According to the Boston Herald Ingolf Tuerk and a “Kathleen M Tuerk” were in active divorce 1B proceedings, or a “contested no-fault divorce” in Norfolk County Family Court, according to state records. Court filings indicate a hearing took place in the divorce last Monday.