KISSIMMEE -- A Connecticut woman who stalked David Letterman for five years is now focusing her attention on a retired astronaut who lives in Osceola County, deputies say.

Margaret Mary Ray, arrested seven times for trespassing at Letterman's New Canaan, Conn., home, was found outside the Kissimmee home of retired astronaut Story Musgrave early Thursday, Osceola deputies said.

"She began banging on the front door at approximately 5:30 a.m. and then went around the house turning on all the water faucets," sheriff's reports state.

Ray was charged with stalking, a misdemeanor punishable by a jail term upto one year.

Musgrave, 62, told investigators that Ray has harassed him for the past four years by calling, writing, and sending him packages. Musgrave apparently left town and was unavailable for comment.

"I love him and want to spend the rest of my life with him," Ray said in an interview at the Osceola County Jail on Thursday night.

Dripping wet and dressed in six layers of clothing including various skirts and tights, Ray identified herself as a freelance journalist who travels across the country 12 months of the year, deputies said

Ray said she flew into Orlando last night and walked about 20 miles, half the distance from Orlando International Airport to Musgrave's home.

"On September 20, 1997, an article about Mr. Musgrave ran in The Orlando Sentinel," sheriff's reports state. "Since then, this female has called Mr. Musgrave's new residence every night, often waking him up in the early hours of the morning."

This was Ray's first visit to Kissimmee, investigators said.

"I interviewed Dr. Musgrave in 1994 at the Houston Space Center," Ray said in the jail interview. "I'm hoping to spend some time with him, and I'm very much concerned about his mental and physical health."

Ray, 45, was first arrested in May 1988 while driving Letterman's Porsche near the Lincoln Tunnel in New York City. She identified herself as Letterman's wife and her son as David Jr. when she was unable to pay the $3 toll.

Musgrave, a surgeon, was selected as a scientist astronaut by NASA in August 1967. During more than 1,281 hours in space, he logged a record 278 Earth orbits. Before retiring this month, Musgrave flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1996.

The phone number she gave belongs to the Secret Service Uniformed Control Center at the White House in Washington.

During her booking Ray told deputies: "My purse is in the woods by Story's house, and I will go back and get it when I get out of jail."

Will Jones of Central Florida News 13 contributed to this report.

Source: Orlando Sentinel