NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) _ A 68-year-old man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to killing his wife, whose skeletal remains were discovered under a barn floor a quarter-century after she vanished from their Newtown home.

John Heath of Bridgewater was arrested Monday on a murder charge and was being held on $1 million bond, police said. The News-Times of Danbury reported that Heath, wearing oxygen tubes, was arraigned Tuesday in Danbury Superior Court.

Prosecutors said at the arraignment that officials acted quickly to arrest Heath after a moving truck was seen at his home over the weekend.

His wife, Elizabeth Heath, was in her 30s when her husband reported her missing from their home in April 1984. The couple had been going through a divorce.

A contractor working on a converted barn on the Heaths’ former property in Newtown found her remains in 2010. The medical examiner’s office ruled she died from a blow to the head.

John Heath has said his wife disappeared and he didn’t know where she went.

A message left Tuesday with the public defender’s office, which represented him in court, wasn’t immediately returned.


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