A wife is believed to have killed her husband, wrapped his body in plastic in their garden and kept it secret for 18 years.The mystery skeleton found in plastic sheets in a quiet village have been identified as missing husband John Sabine last seen in 1997.
His body was found last month just three weeks after his own wife Leigh Ann Sabine died aged 74 from cancer.Detectives investigating the grim discovery say his wife is the ‘main suspect’ in their probe..
Mrs Sabine had carried on living in the same apartment block in Beddau, near Pontypridd, South Wales, since her husband was last seen in 1997.
His body was found in plastic wrapping in the street called Trem-Y-Cwm three weeks after her death.
Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Morgan said:
‘This is an extraordinary set of circumstances and we are working tirelessly to put together the pieces of what is a complex investigation.’
Police say John Sabine, understood to have been a local fireman would now have been 85 years of age.Mr Sabine was never reported as a missing person despite not being seen for 18 years – and was still listed on the electoral register as living at the same house.
Police later revealed the couple had ‘estranged children’ who did not list Mr Sabine as being missing.
A spokesman said:
‘Their estranged children have been located and informed. Mr Sabine was not reporteed as being missing. The circumstances of where the body was concealed is part of the ongoing investigation..DNA evidence has confirmed the identity of Mr Sabine, who was last seen in 1997.
‘Mrs Sabine passed away on 30th October 2015 and is currently the main suspect in this investigation.