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A man claimed he threw his 70-year-old wife off a bridge to 'put her with nature'

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Police in Ohio are working with the Benton County Sheriff's Office as they investigate if a man threw the body of his 70-year-old wife into the Tennessee River.

Police in Hartville, Ohio say Philip Snider told his wife's brother he had taken wife Roberta to Graceland "one last time before she died." Snider told the brother Roberta died in Memphis and he approached an EMS vehicle stopped in a parking lot to ask for help.

Snider then claimed they confirmed her death and took her away. Roberta's brother contacted police after the conversation and an investigation was launched by the Hartville Police Department.

However, investigators found nothing when they contacted Memphis hospitals, medical examiner offices, and public/private EMS companies. Nobody had any reports of Roberta or a Jane Doe.

Further investigation found Snider had indeed checked into a Days Inn in the Graceland area on January 5th, 2018 but video and still images uncovered revealed she never checked into that hotel or any other hotel.

Police say Snider then changed his story after being confronted with the findings. This time, Snider told police Roberta had died of natural causes during the trip and he "put her with nature" by throwing her off the U.S. Route 40 Tennessee River Bridge on January 6th.

Benton County Sheriff's units are searching the area in an effort to find Roberta's body and verify if Snider's story is true. Police say Snider has submitted an FBI interview and polygraph, the results which are currently being analyzed.

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