Murfreesboro husband charged in wife’s disappearance

Murfreesboro husband charged in wife's disappearance (Image 1)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A Murfreesboro man is now charged in the case of his missing wife.

Marcie Smith disappeared during a shopping trip in early December 2007.

This week, a grand jury returned a five count indictment against her husband, Palmer Smith.

He was booked into the Rutherford County jail Monday night on charges of filing a false police report and fabricating evidence.

He has since been released on bond.

Marcie Smith's remains were never found and police still consider the case a missing person's case.

Detectives, however, said her husband was not up front with them during the initial investigation.

On December 6, 2007, the same day his wife went missing, Palmer Smith filed a police report with investigators but provided misleading information about her disappearance.

“All the information gathered from that initial police report in the days immediately after, as the investigation proceed, as he worked with detectives, the information he proved was apparently false,” Murfreesboro police spokesperson Kyle Evans told News 2.

Palmer initially told investigators his wife left their home to go shopping at 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon.

Surveillance video showed her SUV pulling into the Walmart parking lot off Rutherford Boulevard at 2:25 p.m.

A few minutes later, the video shows a man taking a bicycle from the back of the SUV and riding away.  The bicyclist was never identified.

Later that night, at 6:14 p.m., Palmer Smith filed the missing person's report.

“The information we believe was not correct when it was given to investigators the first time and so we do believe this will help us find out exactly what happened to Marcie Smith,” said Evans.

In December, authorities searched a rugged and remote part of Lauderdale County, in west Tennessee for clues after Palmer Smith received a mysterious map in the mail.

The map was sent from Memphis and arrived at Palmer Smith's home December 6.  It remains unclear who sent it.

Murfreesboro police said more than a year later, the case remains fresh on the minds of residents.

“I can't tell you a week that goes by that I don't get a call from somebody saying, ‘What's the status of this case?  Has anybody found out what happened?' It's on the hearts and minds of police officers and the community, as well,” said Evans.

Palmer Smith is expected to appear in court on the charges March 16.

Calls to his attorney for comment were not returned.

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