Husband Charged With Murder, 28 Years Later

Elizabeth Heath's body found in a well

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 1, 2012 5:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Connecticut man has pleaded not guilty after being charged in his wife's murder of nearly three decades ago. The remains of Elizabeth Heath were discovered two years ago in a well below a barn that once belonged to her husband. John Heath, 68, who used an oxygen tank in court, reported his wife missing in 1984, days after filing for divorce. He told friends and family she had left him and their daughter with no explanation while he was asleep, the Danbury News Times reports.

But her dogs and most of her things—including her car—remained. Her body was discovered by a father and son who were renovating the barn in 2010, after John Heath lost it in a 2005 foreclosure. The body's left arm was broken; when police told Heath the bone had been smashed, he reportedly said, "Smashed like a..." and waved his arms up and down without finishing his sentence, NBC Connecticut reports. Heath was traumatized by his experience fighting in Vietnam, according to friends, who said he had a temper.

A Connecticut man has pleaded not guilty to a 1984 murder.
A Connecticut man has pleaded not guilty to a 1984 murder.   (Shutterstock)
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