Man indicted for girlfriend's cold case murder

CINCINNATI - A man serving five years in prison for a burglary in Clermont County has been indicted in Hamilton County for murder.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced on Wednesday the indictment of Richard Kuhn, 45, for the murder of his girlfriend Kimberly Brown.

Kuhn is facing charges of aggravated murder, murder, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.

Prosecutors believe Brown was killed sometime between Nov. 14, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2006. Her remains were found buried in Kuhn's Riverside Drive home.

He has been locked up in the Warren Correctional Institutional since July 16, 2010, serving a five-year prison sentence for burglary. His scheduled release date for that conviction is March 28, 2015.

In 2011, Kuhn began writing detailed letters to friends and acquaintances asking for their help in digging up Miss Brown's body and disposing of the remains. Kuhn became concerned about the body when he learned that there was a water leak in the Riverside Drive basement and contractors were coming to fix the leak.

Police eventually received information about the letters and began their investigation. They executed a search warrant at the residence on Sept. 29, 2011 and found Brown's remains.

On June 13, 2012 the Hamilton County Coroner ruled her death a homicide by undetermined means. Due to the condition of the body, the coroner's office had to employ extraordinary means to conduct the autopsy.

"Kimberly Brown was murdered over six years ago. The crime was gruesome and Kuhn's attempts to cover it up were extensive. Richard Kuhn needs to be in prison for a long, long time," Deters said.

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