Man says he dumped wife’s body in river during trip to Graceland
BENTON COUNTY, Tenn. — The Ohio man who originally told authorities his wife’s body disappeared after she died in the parking lot at Graceland now says he dumped her body in the Tennessee River.
According to sources, Phillip Snider’s wife Roberta, age 70, was in poor health and this was to be their last trip.
He wanted to take her to Graceland “one last time before she died,” he reportedly told family members.
He told authorities he flagged down an ambulance after she died in the parking lot, and rescue workers took her away. He said he returned to their home in Hartville, Ohio not knowing where they had taken her body.
After the news broke, local police stated they did not have any records of the woman’s body.
Hartville Police confirmed that Phillip Snider had checked into a Graceland-area Days Inn on Jan. 5.
On Friday, Snider’s story had changed, saying his wife had actually passed away from her cancer somewhere in Kentucky. Instead of stopping, he reportedly continued the journey to Memphis.
On the way home, authorities said Snider wrapped his wife’s body in plastic and dumped her in the Tennessee River along I-40. He told police she died of natural causes and he had “put her with nature.”
A recovery team has searched the area, but so far, the woman’s body has not been recovered.
Authorities said the husband could face charges if she is found.