The former caretaker of a man whose death is under investigation in Little Falls has been charged with forgery as a result of information obtained during the investigation, state police said Friday.
State Police Investigator Chris Landgren confirmed Tammy Lynn Sterling-Barthelmess has been charged with second-degree forgery, but would not release details on what documents she is accused of forging or the way in which they were forged. He also would not say whether the charges were directly related to the death of Donald Wichelns, whose body was found behind 59 Flint Ave. last week.
Wichelns, who would be 71 if he were alive today, was last seen in 2004.
“I'm not willing to go into whether it's related to the death case or not,” said Landgren.
Wichelns' remains were found in a cage-like crate that was tightly wrapped in a blanket, covered with debris and placed outside against the vacant home.
An autopsy has not yet determined how Wichelns died, and a positive identification of the remains is still pending DNA confirmation.
State police said the investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.
Sterling-Barthelmess was the last known caregiver for Wichelns and is the owner of the property were his body was found on May 1.
Anyone with information on Wichelns or Sterling-Barthelmess is asked to call investigators at the state police barracks in Herkimer at 866-7275.