A New London woman has been arrested on a secret indictment from the Huron County Grand Jury following an investigation into the death of Michael Marko, who was the  police chief in New London at the time of his death.

Christene T. Durfey, 38, 123 Pearl St., New London has been indicted on one count of tampering with evidence, a third degree felony. She was allegedly Marko’s girlfriend according to statements in the investigation.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation said on Nov. 20, the Huron County Sheriff’s Office requested crime scene assistance at the scene of a suicide on Prospect Street in New London. The Huron County Sheriff’s Office was making the request on behalf of the New London Police Department.

During the investigation, information was received, according to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office. On Feb. 26, the information was presented to the Huron County Grand Jury, who issued the secret indictment for the third degree felony.

The indictment against Durfey charges that “on or about the 20th day of November, 2020...  did knowing that an official proceeding or investigation was in process, or was about to be or likely to be instituted, did alter, destroy, conceal or remove any evidence in such proceeding or investigation.”

Durfey was arrested on the secret indictment by the New London Police Department on March 3 and was transported to the Huron County Jail where she remains incarcerated.

She was scheduled for arraignment on Thursday, March 4 in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

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