A surgeon was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife whose remains were found in an outdoor area near the home they shared in Massachusetts after she went missing earlier this week, authorities said.
Ingolf Tuerk, 58, was accused of killing his wife Kathleen McLean, 45, whose remains were found in an outdoor area near their Valley Road home in Dover late Saturday. How she died was not disclosed.
McLean, who was last seen in her home, had been missing since Thursday. By Saturday, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey’s office issued a statement calling McLean’s disappearance ‘suspicious’ and said an investigation was underway.
Massachusetts State Police joined cops from Dover and Dedham and developed information about McLean’s possible when they located her remains sometime after 11 p.m. Saturday, authorities say.
Tuerk was taken into custody and is expected to be arraigned Monday in Dedham District Court.
The Dover Police Department referred all calls to the district attorney’s office, which did not immediately respond when DailyMail.com reached out.
McLean was said to have been a mother, while Tuerk, according to Twitter, was born in Germany, is a father and describes himself on the social media site as a ‘robotic surgeon’.
While it was not clear if the couple had children together, a family picture has them posing with four youths on Facebook.
LinkedIn listed the surgeon as chief of urology at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.
A spokesperson from the hospital’s parent, Steward Medical Group, provided a statement that said Tuerk was fired in February.
‘Dr. Tuerk has not seen or treated patients as part of Steward Medical Group for more than a year. He was formally terminated in February,’ said Patrick Lombardo, Executive Vice President, Human Resources.
Tuerk, while working for the hospital, was accused of falsely billing Medicaid and agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve the allegations under the terms of a settlement made in November, the office of Attorney General Maura Healey says.
A statement from Healey’s offices says Tuerk, ’caused improper billings to MassHealth of over $31,000.’
Tuerk also agreed to implement a multi-year compliance program at his own expense if he continues to practice medicine in Massachusetts after 2019.
‘False billing is a serious issue that hurts people in need of health care,’ says Healey in the statement. ‘It is important that all doctors follow the law, and our office will aggressively pursue those who overbill our health care system.’
The attorney general detailed how Tuerk was alleged to have ‘instructed his residents and fellows to document the use of ultrasound probes during partial nephrectomies (kidney removal) in patient medical records, even when they had not been used during surgeries.’
Tuerk also was alleged to have billed MassHealth for office visits that ‘used billing codes indicating he was present or supervising other medical professionals, despite patients only being seen by an unsupervised resident or fellow.’
The surgeon prior to the deal had been credited for removing a cancerous tumor discovered in Massachusetts man after he was he was injured in a shark attack in 2015.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Ralph R. Ortega