Husband charged when wife's remains found 20 years after disappearance
Most homes along Claire Road in a middle-class Elkridge neighborhood have a backyard shed, but underneath one of them, authorities say, a family secret has been buried for more than two decades.
Robert A. Jarrett, 57, has been charged with murder after what police believe are the remains of his wife, Christine, were found under floorboards and concrete in the shed behind his home. Christine Jarrett vanished in 1991. Police said at the time that she apparently kissed her two children goodbye, took $4,000 and left because of marital problems with her husband of 16 years.
Relatives, friends and neighbors said they never believed Christine Jarrett was the type to abandon her family, and they long suspected her husband had played a role. Nevertheless, they said, the news that her body was found on the property was shocking.