ELKRIDGE, Md. (WMAR) - An Elkridge man accused of killing his wife in 1991 and hiding her body under a backyard shed has been indicted by a Grand Jury and formally charged with her murder.
According to the indictment, Robert Arnold Jarrett, Jr., has been charged with first and second degree murder in the death of his wife Christine and now faces a maximum penalty of death.
Jarrett reported his wife missing on January 5, 1991, when he told police that she had left their home after an argument between them. Family members reported that it was not like her to leave and not come back for several days because she had two small children at home.
With the case still classified as a missing persons, in 2002, investigators followed up on the case and learned that Jarrett had remarried years after his wife had gone missing. Neighbors told police that there was suspicion surrounding Jarrett in that they believed he was responsible for her disappearance.
In 2012, Detectives learned that Jarrett and his current wife were having marital problems and were separated. At this time, detectives went to the Elkridge home and asked if they could look around in regards to the missing persons, now cold case.
On April 18, 2012, detectives found Christine's remains buried under the floorboards and covered with concrete of a shed in the backyard.
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