No Body, But Murder Charges in Case of Missing Salinas Woman

Feb 22, 2010 7:35pm

Lee Ferran reports: A California man was charged today with the murder of his wife, even though nobody has been found, officials said. The woman disappeared earlier this month.

Citing "voluminous reports," Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said in a statement there was "sufficient evidence" to charge 33-year-old Jesse Crow with the murder of his 23-year-old wife, Ryann Crow.

Ryann disappeared on Feb. 2. Despite at least two major search efforts led by Ryann's family, her body has not turned up. Police said that Jesse had been "definitely cooperating" with the investigation into her disappearance, police said, but at some point something changed.

The case turned into a homicide investigation and police arrested Jesse.

"Obviously, we feel she's dead," Salinas police spokesman officer Lalo Villegas told ABC News last week. Police continue to search for Ryann's body, Flippo said in a statement.

Jesse Crow's attorney, Tom Worthington, told ABC News his client denied the charge and has pleaded not guilty. Worthington has not seen the DA's reports on the case.

Bail is currently approximately $3 million.
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