CROWN POINT — A man convicted of manslaughter in the death of a Wheatfield woman died in an Indiana prison, officials said.
Christopher Traicoff, 43, died on Feb. 23 in Miami Correctional Facility in Bunker Hill, according to the Indiana Department of Correction.
His death is under investigation and the cause has not yet been released. Officials from the Department of Correction said no foul play is suspected at this time.
Traicoff was serving his 20-year sentence for strangling a woman to death at a Hobart hotel in 2018. His sentence began on Aug. 23, 2019 and his projected release was Aug. 29, 2033, according to IDOC.
Traicoff, of Calumet Township, was convicted of killing April Salazar-Bernal, 38, of Wheatfield, and taking off in her car.
Salazar-Bernal's sister found her badly decomposed body on March 15, 2018, inside a room at Key West Inn, 1855 S. Mississippi St. Traicoff pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, admitting he "knowingly or intentionally" killed Salazar-Bernal, a mother of four. The two had known each other since they were teenagers.
Salazar-Bernal's family members and friends previously said she was the heart of her family, a vibrant and hardworking woman who wanted a better life for her children.
Staff writer Sarah Reese contributed to this report.
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