By MICHAEL RUBINKAM
Carl Rodgers. (Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General via AP)
A Pennsylvania man was charged with fatally beating his wife more than 30 years ago, then slashing her wrists to make it appear she killed herself, prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Carl Rodgers, 62, of Shermans Dale, was arrested Monday in the death of his wife, Debra Rodgers. She was 23 when her body was found in a state forest several miles from his family’s dairy farm in Loysville, about 30 miles from Harrisburg.
A coroner at the time ruled Rodgers’ death a homicide, but no arrest was made. Prosecutors in the attorney general’s office decided to bring the case before a grand jury last year after reviewing cold-case homicides with state police.
Rodgers was arrested at the feed mill where he worked and was jailed without bail. His attorney, Geoffrey McInroy, said Rodgers will plead not guilty.
In 1983, Rodgers lived with his wife and their 5-year-old daughter in a trailer near his parents’ house. On April 23 of that year, he told her family that she had disappeared from their home. He claimed she was depressed about her job at a state park and was suicidal, according to a grand jury report.
The family mounted a search, and Carl Rodgers led them to her car, which was parked along a remote dirt access road, the grand jury said. Family members discovered her body hundreds of yards away. The body looked like it had been dragged there and a knife was found nearby, its sheath bearing the name “Carl.” according to the grand jury. Her wrists had been slashed.
A coroner at the time determined she died of blunt force trauma to the head, and said her wrists were cut after the fact “to imply suicidal activity.”
The grand jury said it heard testimony that …read more
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