The Daily Mail reported that Ray Kotomski died in 2009. The medical examiner stated that his death was caused by “complications of ethylene glycol toxicity.” It was alleged that Ray Kotomski became ill after drinking something sweet. The last person to see him alive, according to the prosecution, was his wife, Teressa Kotomski.
During the death investigation, police learned that before Ray Kotomski died, he was living alone in the rural section of Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed a life of retirement after years of working as a corrections officer. He was also divorced from his first wife of 36 years. Though he seemed to be happy living alone, he did want female companionship, which he found on a dating website. According to Dateline’s coverage, Ray Kotomski’s daughter was skeptical about him using a dating site since it could put him into contact with someone who could end up ruining his life.
Police learned that Ray Kotomski met his wife, Teresa, on an online dating site. At the time, Teresa seemed like the perfect woman for him. She had a nice appearance, and she was a nurse’s assistant. However, what Ray Kotomski believed would be an amazing life, turned into a stressful living condition for him in the end. Prosecutors say that after Ray Kotomski married Teresa, their lives changed drastically after she had to care for her deceased daughter’s young children, which put Ray Kotomski back into the role of father and caretaker, a role that he gladly accepted, but it did take a toll on him.