Hartville man appears in court on charges in wife’s bizarre disappearance

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HARTVILLE, Ohio -- A Hartville man was arraigned murder charges Monday in the bizarre disappearance of his wife.

Philip Snider was arrested Friday on an aggravated murder charge in connection with the disappearance of his 70-year-old wife, Roberta.

His bond was set at $5 million.

The investigation started on Jan. 9 when Roberta L. Snider's brother contacted police. He explained to investigators the strange story about the woman's death and disappearance.

Philip Snider told family members he took his wife to Graceland "one last time before she died." He said she passed away in Memphis, Tennessee so he pulled over into a parking lot where he saw an EMS vehicle and asked for help.

He claimed the paramedics confirmed she was dead, then took her to an unknown location.

Hartville police spoke with Philip Snider, and contacted EMS companies, hospitals and medical examiner offices in the Memphis area. None had any reports of Roberta Snider or a Jane Doe matching the story.

Philip Snider later changed his story, claiming he "put her with nature" by throwing the woman's body off a bridge into the Tennessee River.

Hartville Police Chief Larry Dordea said Roberta was last seen alive at the couple’s home on Jan. 1. He said police believe she is dead, but they do not know where she may have died.

Dordea said the case is still being investigated and more charges could be filed.

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