A Lutheran priest in Denmark has been accused of killing his missing wife after internet searches for “sea depth,” “disappeared” and “oil barrels” were uncovered on the couple’s computer, prosecutors said Monday.
Thomas Gotthard, 44, was charged with murdering his wife, Maria From Jakobsen, after the court found the evidence to be “sufficiently weighty to be able to prosecute,” Prosecutor Anne-Mette Seerup said.
Gotthard has claimed that his wife, a 43-year-old psychologist, was in a depressed state when she vanished from the couple’s home in Frederikssund on Oct. 26.
She had left her phone, computer and credit cards behind, police said.
When she didn’t show up to one of her two kids’ birthday parties three days later, her sister reported her missing.
Investigators later found hydrochloric acid and caustic soda in the couple’s home as well as internet searches on their computer for terms such as, “sea depth,” “oil barrels,” “suicide,” “disappeared” and “cleaning.”
Surveillance footage from Nov. 6