A woman has been arrested for the murder of her husband after his decomposing remains were discovered at her house. Ohio resident Marcia Eubank, 49, confessed to the killing after the remains were discovered by her son.
According to police officials, the couple's son who sometimes stays at his parent's home in Coventry Township climbed into the house through a window after getting locked outside. He noticed a foul smell coming from the room and traced it to a set of three plastic containers that had maggots around them.
His mother was out at the time, so he texted her to ask what was in the containers. She messaged back saying they were the remains of his father, Howard Eubank, 54.
The police arrested Marcia at a local store on 10 December following which she confessed to killing her husband. She told detectives that on 13 June, she shot him in the back of the head and then used power-tools to cut his body up into pieces.
"We believe we have the tools, as well as the actual murder weapon," Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry said.
Gary Guenther, chief investigator for the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office said that preliminary testing of the remains identified them as belonging to the victim. "Due to the decomposition and condition of the body, this process will take additional time," he said in a prepared statement regarding the final results.
The Akron Beacon Journal reported that the Eubanks' neighbours thought Howard was in Texas for his work as a truck driver for a local pipe company. "It's sick. I've known these people for over 20 years," Jackie Kaylor, who was familiar with the family said. "It's absolutely devastating. I just can't believe this is all real."
Marcia has been charged with murder and was booked into the Summit County Jail.