Ex-wife charged in death of man found buried under concrete

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 3:34 PM

ARLINGTON, Wash. -- Snohomish County prosecutors have charged an Arlington woman with second-degree murder in the death of her husband, who was found buried on an Arlington property.

Michele Louise Donahue, 48, was charged in the death of Byron Wright. Wright disappeared in 2004.

Detectives served a search warrant at the 8100 block of Wade Road on Feb. 13. They found the human remains buried under a concrete slab on the property.

Donahue filed for divorce shortly after Wright disappeared i. According to court documents she claimed her husband "had run off with a younger woman, packing just his clothes, his shaving kit, and left her." Her divorce petition reveals she got their home, his car collection, and half his Boeing retirement plan.

Police believe Donahue originally buried Wright's remains in the yard, but when she remarried, her new husband and his friend dug up the remains and reburied them under the concrete slab in the shop.

Officials also found what they believe is a chop shop on the property.

Donahue is behind held on a million dollars bail. Police say her new husband and his friend will not likely face charges, since the statute for improper disposal of human remains has run out.


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