A Titusville, Florida, man was charged with murder after his missing wife’s body was reportedly found in a wooded area on Christmas Eve.
WFTV reported that police originally arrested Timothy Upthegrove, 53, and charged him with obstructing justice after he allegedly said that he found his wife’s car outside a Save-A-Lot on December 19 but later admitted that he’s had the car since December 18.
“Based off of the information we were getting during the investigation, we were beginning to believe Lori may have been met with foul play,” a detective wrote in a recent report, according to Florida Today.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Lori Upthegrove, 51, was reported missing on December 19. In a shocking development, Titusville police announced Sunday that they’ve charged Timothy with second-degree murder after he provided officers with information that allowed them to locate the woman’s body.
Police now suspect Timothy killed Lori on Monday morning during a domestic dispute then placed her body in the back of her SUV and transported it to a wooded location. The news release didn’t detail how Lori was killed, the Sentinel noted.
Timothy apparently has a lengthy criminal history that goes back to 2003. In 2003, Timothy allegedly struck a girlfriend in the head with a crowbar in threatened to kill her. He was acquitted of the most serious charges after the woman refused to testify, WFTV wrote.
The station also reported that, in 2008, Timothy sat on his pregnant ex-wife’s stomach and choked him. He ultimately pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to Lori’s family and friends during this difficult time,” the suspect’s father, Ed Upthegrove, said in a statement.
“We’re cooperating with investigators as they continue to gather evidence in this case.”
Timothy is being held in the Brevard County Jail without bail.
[Featured Image: Timothy Upthegrove/Brevard County Sheriff’s Office; Lori Upthegrove/Facebook]