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Husband arrested for wife's murder -- 28 years earlier -- after body found under barn

Booking photo of John Heath, who is accused of murdering his wife Elizabeth Gough Heath in 1984.

Police have arrested the husband of a woman whose body was found inside a well under a barn in Newtown, Conn.

Elizabeth Gough Heath was reported missing in April 1984, just days after John Heath filed for divorce. She was 30 years old at the time.

A father and son found Elizabeth Gough Heath’s remains in April 2010 as they were renovating the barn at 89 Poverty Hallow Road in Newtown.

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They were working on breaking through badly damaged flooring when they found a covered well. Inside were pillows, blankets and a bag containing what looked like a human femur. It was.

John Heath, 68, of Bridgewater, was charged with murder on Monday, accused of killing his wife. He is being held in lieu of $1 million and is due in court in Danbury on Tuesday.

After the body was found, the medical examiner ruled Elizabeth's death a homicide. The cause was blunt traumatic head injury.

Land records show that John Heath owned the property until 2005, when he lost it to foreclosure. He reported his wife missing on April 6, 1984.

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