KOKOMO – A judge accepted a plea bargain for a man who admitted to killing his girlfriend—although what happened to her remains is still unknown.
Travis Funke, 35, appeared in Howard Superior Court 2 Tuesday to plead guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter after killing his girlfriend, Kelly Armstrong. Funke’s agreement includes 35 years in prison and 15 years probation. He’s also required to tell investigators what happened to Armstrong’s remains.
Funke admitted he used a hammer to kill her in July 2011 after the two had an argument and fought.
Family members reported Armstrong missing in September 2011.
Funke said he wrapped her body in a tarp and put it in a trash container. Investigators tracked the trash to the Wabash County landfill but couldn’t find the remains after a six-day search.
Armstrong’s family fought Funke’s plea deal, telling the court they wanted to know what happened to her remains before Funke was sentenced. They believe Funke is lying about where he left her body. They also want police to continue searching the landfill.
Funke initially denied that he had anything to do with Armstrong’s death. In October, he told another inmate that he killed her. He later admitted his role in her death to police.