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Neighbors Say They Feared Body Was Buried in Neighborhood

"There was always speculation about it, that he did it," said one woman, who lived at the end of Claire Drive for more than 40 years. Christine Jarrett's former husband was charged with murder on Thursday in the 1991 case.


Friends and neighbors of Christine Jarrett, missing for 21 years, said they feared her body had been buried on property where she lived on Claire Drive in Elkridge. Her husband has been charged with first-degree murder in her death.

News helicopters hovered over Claire Drive Thursday trying to get footage of the shed where that was identified Friday as that of Jarrett, who disappeared in January 1991.

Robert Jarrett, who is separated from his current wife, has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held at the Howard County Detention Center without bail in Jarrett's death. A trial date has not been set.

He was arrested after being pulled over in a traffic stop and showed no emotion, according to WBAL.

"Why it took Howard County police 21 years to find it, I don't know," Cindy Fryer told WUSA.

Fryer lives next door to the Jarrett house and said she saw a body bag being brought out Wednesday.

Neighbors told Elkridge Patch on Thursday that "all the kids said she was under there," referring to the toolshed in the Jarretts' back yard. Christine Jarrett's body was found covered with concrete buried under the shed.

"There was always speculation about it, that he did it," said one woman, who lived at the end of Claire Drive for more than 40 years.

"Everyone was convinced," Barbara Keir, whose father also lives on the Jarretts' street, told the Howard County Times. "It was the way that he acted—it didn't ever matter that she was gone."

The Howard County Police Department said that it suspected "foul play but did not have evidence at the time to prove it."

Robert Jarrett would not allow police to search the property, according to WJZ.

The case went cold until 2002 when Howard County Detective Daniel Lenick was assigned the missing person case. Lenick's interviews with neighbors and friends "drew further suspicion that Robert Jarrett was responsible for the disappearance of Christine Jarrett," according to charging documents.

In 2012, Lenick and Cold Case Investigator Nick DeCarlo learned that Robert Jarrett and his current wife were having marital problems and separated, said the documents, and his current wife had not been interviewed about the case, the documents showed.

On April 17, the two officers spoke with her and she agreed to let them search the premises, "specifically the shed located in the right rear part of the backyard," said the report.

On April 18, the two officers returned to Claire Drive to execute the search. "Located in the shed were human remains with personal effects directly connecting them to Christine Jarrett," according to charging documents, which said the remains were "buried under the floorboards and covered with concrete."

Readers on commented on the case.

"Finally, justice for this poor woman," said one.

"Has he had his day in court and been found guilty by a jury of his peers? What happened to innocent until proven guilty?" said another.

"You all should just stop and say a prayer for the children who can finally have closure in the tragic death of their mother," wrote someone identified as Mr. Rose.

Christine Jarrett left behind two sons who were 5 and 10 at the time of her death. They could not be reached for comment.

“We have all been affected.....there is no closure....." . "It will be with all of us forever."

This article was updated at 2:30 p.m. on April 20 to include that the medical examiner identified the remains as those of Christine Jarrett.

James Patrick Conway April 20, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Stuiped people these days
James Patrick Conway April 20, 2012 at 08:10 PM
If the couple had problems why didn't they get a devorse or somebody move out
Robert Paulson April 21, 2012 at 02:05 AM
@James, I suppose you know nothing about abusive relationships? Also, spell-check is your friend, try it out sometime.
sarah April 21, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I dont understand how the cops didnt have enough evidence to check the shed back then, its obvious before she went missing they didnt have concrete in the shed then after she went missing he added the concrete!! sounds like enough evidence to me, iam glad there if finally justice for this woman and her family and friends. My thoughts really go out to her children
Lawyer guy April 23, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I agree, work in court system and have gotten warrants on way less proof. Something just isn't adding up.

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