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Elkridge man charged in wife’s 1991 death

ELKRIDGE — A Howard County man has been charged in the 1991 death of his missing wife after a body was found in concrete beneath a shed at their home.

Two decades ago, Robert Jarrett told authorities that his wife, Christine, walked away from their Elkridge home after an argument. Police say investigators suspected foul play, but didn’t have enough evidence.

Police say they received new information Wednesday and got permission from Jarrett’s current wife, from whom he is separated, to search the property. Detectives found the remains of a woman police believe to be Christine Jarrett buried in concrete under a shed. The medical examiner will analyze the remains to confirm the identity.

Jarrett, now 57, is charged with first- and second-degree murder and is being held without bond.