Missouri man kills wife, passes out drunk in bed

March 25th, 2015 by Staff

Police were called to this home at approximately 8:30 am Tuesday.

(KCTV5.COM) KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Northland man killed his wife, and then passed out drunk in their bed, police said.

The man has been arrested in connection with the death of 50-year-old Yuvett Santamaria, but has not been formally charged. The woman’s mother was in the basement, but didn’t hear anything, police said.

Kansas City police were called about 8:30 am. Tuesday to the couple’s home in the 5300 block of Northeast 56th Place. This came after a family friend had stopped by to check on the couple after reports of the husband threatening to kill himself.

Kansas City police say the man, who lives in the 5300 block of Northeast 56th Place just off Northeast Brighton Road, had been talking about taking his own life. But when officers went to the house, they found the man’s wife dead.

Investigators said the suspect’s friend had been calling the man who lived there daily because he had been suffering from some emotional issues.

When the friend couldn’t reach the man, the friend called police Tuesday morning.

Police are not saying how Yuvett Santamaria was killed at this time.

“He was extremely intoxicated when we woke him up this morning. It appears that’s exactly what happened,” Officer Darin Snapp said. “She’s been deceased for a few hours more than likely it happened last night.”

Police also said the victim’s mother lives in the house with them, but apparently she did not hear anything.

Police said she apparently was in the basement basement and was not aware her daughter was dead until police told her.
Neighbors were distressed to learn of the slaying. They said the couple have lived in the residence for about a year.

“You never know who your neighbors are or what’s going on in their lives,” Randy Emmett said.

On Tuesday night, an extremely emotional woman called KCTV5 to offer some tearful insights into just who Yuvett Santamaria was.
The woman, who said she was the accused killer’s sister, said Santamaria was “a wonderful person with a beautiful soul and had a heart and soul bigger than you can imagine.”

The woman, who said she spoke to Santamaria every few days, said there were indications of difficulty in the marriage, but Santamaria insisted that “all marriages go through tough patches and they would get through theirs.”

She added that she “couldn’t understand why her brother would do something like this,” saying it “was all very confusing.” 

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