Former Playboy model, 36, found strangled to death inside her bedroom

Mystery as former Playboy model, 36, is strangled to death in her bed at upmarket Philly condo, three days after robbers raided the home for her jewelry – and just a week after she moved in

  • Ex-Playboy model Christina Kraft was found strangled in her condo Wednesday
  • Police in Pennsylvania were called to perform a welfare check on Kraft at 9.15pm
  • She was found dead in her bed – an autopsy confirmed she died by strangulation
  • The brunette bombshell reported jewelry and designer bags stolen days before
  • Police are now searching for answers on a suspect in the suspicious homicide 
  • A fellow resident of the Philly condo said Kraft moved into her place a week ago
  • The 36-year-old lingerie model was listed as single on a celeb gossip website
  • Kraft had been freed from her assault and harassment charges two years ago
  • The model struck a restaurant manager in the back and kicked him in the groin while out for a drunken dinner in NYC with a male friend

Police in Pennsylvania are searching for answers in the death of a former Playboy model who was found strangled in her bedroom Wednesday night.

Christina Kraft, 36, has been identified as the victim of the suspicious homicide that occurred in her condo on Sibley Avenue in the west side suburb of Ardmore.

Lower Merion Township Police were called to Kraft’s residence around 9.15pm to perform a welfare check on the brunette bombshell – who was found dead in her bed. Police have not confirmed who initiated the wellness check.

An autopsy report revealed the lingerie model died by ‘ligature strangulation.’ As of late Thursday night, police had not made any arrests.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele and Lower Merion Township Police Superintendent Michael McGrath confirmed in a Thursday statement there does not appear to be a threat to other residents of the upmarket neighborhood at this time.

Former Playboy model Christina Kraft, 36, (pictured in New York in April 2010) was found dead in her Ardmore, Pennsylvania condo on Wednesday night

The bikini-clad bombshell is shown in this July 2015 Facebook photo catching rays while on an Italian vacation

The model just moved into this Philly condo, the Cambridge Square Condominiums, a week ago

A photo from the scene is shown above. Police discovered Kraft’s strangled body late Wednesday during a wellness check

A resident who also lives in the building told that Kraft just moved a week ago.

And just three days ago, Kraft reported several pieces of her jewelry and designer bags stolen to police, according to ABC 6.

Ardmore resident, Dave Farina, was utterly shocked to learn of the homicide in his community which he has long considered safe.

‘We never had that type of thing in Ardmore. Hardly ever. It’s enough to make me cry,’ Farina said in a statement to ABC 6.

‘I’m praying for them that they find out who did it… and bring them to justice.’

Aside from her stint with Playboy, the model appeared in Maxim Magazine, Vanity Fair, Victoria’s Secret and Smashbox Cosmetics during her glamorous career, her Model Mayhem bio states.

Kraft described her nationality to be Russian, German, with a hint of Swedish in her professional bio.

Kraft (center) shared this photo to her Instagram page in May with the sassy caption: ‘Nice for what’

(L-R) Stuff Magazine Model Search winners, Christina Kraft, Danielle Marcos, Eva Kirchstein are photographed by Charlie Langella during the Maxim Magazine Presents ‘Fantasy Island’ at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, on June 27, 2004 in Atlantic City, New Jersey

(L-R) Stuff Magazine Model Search winners, Kraft, Marcos, Kirchstein are photographed by Langella in 2004 in Jersey

She said in the bio: ‘I’ve done runway shows, print work, commercials for jewelry and evening gowns, and I did a tasteful photo shoot for Playboy that was beyond Hollywood glamour!

‘I would like to build my portfolio with some more creative photographers who specialize in glamour and very high fashion!

‘I really do enjoy photo shoots for swim wear and tasteful lingerie. I’m willing to travel and I love to meet new exciting people with high energy and a kind heart.

‘I look forward to working with you and hope to make this a great experience!’ 

In 2016, Kraft was slapped with temporary assault charges after she drunkenly attacked a restaurant manager while dining with a male friend in New York in March of that year.

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Kraft (pictured right in New York, April 2010) posed for Maxim, Victoria’s Secret and Smashbox during her career. Her autopsy report confirmed her death to be from ‘ligature strangulation’

Kraft (pictured in September 2016) struck a deal with prosecutors who agreed to drop assault charges against her after she struck a restaurant manager in the back and kicked him in the groin in March of that year

Kraft wore a gray A-line dress and patterned white and black pumps to the September 2016 court appearance in Manhattan

The bizarre incident happened at The Smith, an American Brasserie on the Upper West Side.

The assaulted manager, Sergey Anokhin, said he was left with ‘redness and substantial pain’ after Kraft struck him in the back and kicked him in the groin.

‘The guy didn’t want to pay… the manager interceded,’ a source told the New York Post about the violent incident at the time.

‘She was intoxicated, and she claimed that the manager pushed her – but there was video of the incident that showed she was lying.’

Prosecutors in September 2016 offered to drop charges against Kraft – so long as she stayed out of trouble for the following six months.

The five-foot-nine model was pictured in photographs by wearing a gray A-line dress and patterned white and black pumps for the Manhattan hearing in which her charges were dropped.

Kraft was initially charged with misdemeanor assault, attempted assault and harassment. 

The model posted this photo to her Facebook page in March 2015 with the caption: ‘Beach house’

Kraft is seen in this July 2015 Facebook photo posting with an unidentified man in Italy

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