Man Says He Threw Dead Wife Into River After Graceland Trip

Philip Snider's story has changed several times
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2018 7:37 AM CST
Ohio and Tennessee authorities are investigating what happened on a trip to Graceland.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A Hartville, Ohio, man says his sickly wife was bent on seeing Graceland before she died, and so Philip and Roberta Snider set off for Memphis on Jan. 4. According to Philip Snider, the journey proved too much for his wife, and she died in a hotel parking lot. But there's no body, and a twisting story. Western Tennessee Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher says Philip Snider has told two stories of flagged-down ambulances being involved: In one case, he allegedly said EMTs verified she was dead and drove off; in another they took her body, though he didn't know where. Now, a new version: He reportedly said she died on the way to Memphis, that he kept her body in the back of his truck, stayed at a Days Inn near Graceland—police have verified only he checked in—and dumped the 70-year-old's body into the Tennessee River from an I-40 bridge on Jan. 6.

"He stated to Ohio police that he placed her body in two large black plastic bags because she had wanted to be cremated when she passed away," Christopher said. "He thought it would be better that he put her in the bags and return her to earth by putting her in the river," and said he "couldn't stand the thought of her being burned," per the Akron Beacon Journal. Though Snider, 72, reportedly told Ohio police that he heard the sound of her body hitting the water, Christopher says a search of the area on Jan. 9 turned up no body. A second search is planned for this week. USA Today reports no charges have been filed against Snider, and Hartville and Benton County authorities are coordinating on the case. Fox8 reports Roberta Snider was last seen alive Jan. 1 in their Ohio home; police were alerted by her brother on Jan. 9.

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