The boyfriend of Martha "Robin" Freitag has been charged with murder and abuse of a corpse hours after authorities discovered a body buried in the backyard of the home where they lived.
David A. Callaghan, 52, is being held at the Summit County Jail and was scheduled to be arraigned Saturday morning.
The murder charges arrived even before the Summit County Medical Examiner identified the body unearthed Friday afternoon following hours of careful excavation by a team of anthropologists.
Freitag’s family formally reported her missing last week, saying family hadn’t seen or heard from the 53-year-old since late July.
But police and a social worker — part of a crisis intervention team for people with mental illness — had already visited the home where Freitag and Callaghan lived five or six times between before then trying to check on Freitag’s well-being.
They never found her, not did they find anything suspicious until family members Thursday evening reporting finding possible human remains in the fire pit area of the Crouse Street home’s back yard, police said.
Freitag twice last year told a crisis intervention team that Callaghan had sexually assaulted her, but she didn’t pursue charges.
During one instance, she told police Callaghan was depressed and locked himself in an upstairs bedroom of their house in Middlebury. Freitag was worried he would harm himself, police records show.
When police went upstairs trying help Callaghan, he refused engage. An officer kicked down a locked bedroom door to reach him, only to see Callaghan climb out a window, leap to the ground and run away.