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story.lead_photo.caption 25-year-old Joseph Porter

MINNEAPOLIS — The ex-boyfriend of a Minnesota woman is accused of killing her and burning her body in Louisiana. He was also charged Friday with a federal count of kidnapping.

Twenty-seven-year-old Cristina Prodan of Edina was reported missing by her mother Jan. 5. Prodan's former boyfriend, 25-year-old Joseph Porter, was arrested by Arkansas State Police last week in Little Rock on suspicion of auto theft.

The Star Tribune reported that according to the theft charges, Prodan's burned body was found in a shipping container in New Orleans on Jan. 6. The document says Porter's husband, Richard Crawford, told investigators that Porter admitted to killing Prodan somewhere in Minnesota and taking her body to New Orleans where he burned it. Porter has not been charged in her death.

Porter's attorney in Little Rock declined to comment.


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  • gagewatcher
    January 19, 2018 at 9:07 p.m.

    okay, i know i'm behind the times but Joseph Porter had a husband ?Did i read that right ?thought the dead woman was his ex-girlfriend ? did anyone proof read this article ?

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    January 19, 2018 at 9:31 p.m.

    ruby, you read that right, and that is what has been reported elsewhere. Sick.

  • MaxCady
    January 26, 2018 at 4:57 p.m.

    Looks like he may have accidentally run into a door at the jail.