WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins is calling on the FBI to add Claudia Hoerig’s name to its Most Wanted Fugitive’s list and to offer a $100,000 reward for her arrest.
Hoerig, a Brazilian native, is wanted in connection to the brutal murder of her husband, Major Karl Hoerig at his home in Newton Falls back on March 12, 2007. Watkins says Claudia, an American citizen, shot and killed Karl before escaping to Brazil, where she has been given sanctuary from arrest and prosecution in the United States.
In a letter to FBI Special Agent Todd Werth, Watkins writes that President Barack Obama and various branches of the national government needs to push forward, going on to say it makes no sense to maintain a one-sided extradition treaty with Brazil.
He also wrote that he had a conversation with Karl Hoerig’s father, Ed, who is in his 70s and fears he will not see justice for his son’s murder. And, Watkins criticized the FBI’s decision to add Brenda Delgado, a woman who allegedly plotted to murder a Texas dentist and fled to Mexico, to its Most Wanted List instead of Claudia Hoerig.
“In my mind’s eye, I can just visualize CNN, or some other major news network, interviewing Claudia Hoerig as she sits a free woman enjoying the Olympic spectacle while her late husband, a decorated Iraq war veteran, lies cold in the ground,” Watkins wrote. “We know it’s all about Claudia’s rights, but how about Karl’s rights? You know he had rights too!”