Husband of missing Anchorage woman charged with her murder
Anchorage police have arrested the husband of a missing woman, charging him murder in connection to her death.
32-year-old Linda Skeek, a mother of three, was reported missing by her husband, Thomas Skeek Jr., on January 4. He says he last saw her leaving their home early New Year’s Day following a night of drinking and an argument, according to court documents.
Police ruled her disappearance ”suspicious” on Jan. 16, and four days later, conducted a warranted search of the couple’s home and vehicle.
During the search, police found blood evidence in the kitchen, a crawlspace, and inside the family’s SUV. APD also found bite marks on Thomas’s arm, according to court documents.
“At a certain point, we had enough probable cause to get a search warrant for her residence,” said APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro. “Through more investigation, [APD] determined that her disappearance was the result of a crime, and we had enough evidence to charge her husband with her murder,” she added.
Police would not confirm if Linda Skeek’s body had been found.
Thomas Skeek is charged with first- and second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.
Online court records show his criminal history includes assault and protective orders, including two sought by his wife for herself and a minor. He was also convicted in Juneau of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and third-degree attempted sexual abuse of a minor.
APD says the investigation is open and they are still seeking help from the public.
“If there is anybody else that has additional information about [Linda] … someone who knew her, knows who she hung out with, or knew what she did. All of that kind of information is always extremely helpful for us,” said Castro.
Thomas Skeek was arraigned Thursday afternoon at the Anchorage Jail.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.
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