Husband receives life in wife’s Fort Myers cold case murder

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A 40-year-old man who was convicted of his wife’s cold case killing with the help of a television show was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday.

Kultar Singh Goraya was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Rupinder. Her body was never found.

Rupinder Goraya was reported missing by co-workers on Oct. 19, 2007. Kultar Goraya didn’t report her missing, but instead flew to India with their son, according to an arrest warrant. He brought some of his wife’s clothes, makeup and her wedding ring with him, the warrant said.

He later told police she ran off to New York, the warrant said. Kultar Goraya also said she left for California and Orlando.

The case went cold until the show “Cold Justice” investigated the case over a two-week period in Nov. 2014.

“They were able to provide some sort of expertise, some consultation, financial resources for a trip to Washington state, forensic examination, some other stuff,” Fort Myers police Sgt. Brian O’Reilly said earlier this month.

Kultar Goraya has said things such as “she is gone, there is no single proof” and “he had killed Rupinder and paid a man to dispose of her body,” roommates and family members told detectives, according to the warrant.

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