Ex-wife arrested in missing man's murder

Posted at: 02/05/2010 12:39 PM | Updated at: 07/19/2011 11:37 AM
By: Reed Upton and Charlie Pabst, KOB.com

Ellen C de Baca

Albuquerque police have arrested Ellen C de Baca in the murder of her ex-husband, whose remains were unearthed yesterday in a Northeast Heights neighborhood. Michael Snyder had been missing since 2002.

Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz says they have positively identified the remains as Michael Snyder.

Schultz said that Snyder had been shot.

A police report says that Michael Sheffield, C de Baca's son, told police that it was his mother who pulled the trigger, killing his step dad.

Sheffield admitted to police that he helped his mother wrap Snyder's body in plastic, and she hired a back hoe operator to bury the remains.

Police began digging through the floor of a garage at 11600 Anaheim, near Paseo del Norte and Tramway, on Tuesday after receiving a tip that Michael Snyder, was buried there.

Late Thursday morning, officials recovered human remains, which have been identified in a preliminary autopsy as those of Snyder.

"The manner of death is pretty obvious – a homicide," said Dr. Peter Loomis of the OMI. "The cause of death is being determined at this point."

Michael Snyder was last seen in 2002

The Snyders own the home where the digging took place. Michael was last seen in 2002 leaving a Phoenix restaurant after getting into a fight with his wife Ellen. He was 43 at the time.

Snyder was reported missing by his mother five months after he was last seen – and one month after Ellen Snyder, who remarried and took the name C de Baca, filed for divorce from him.

Nadine Hamby, the spokeswoman for APD, says that Snyder's mother was concerned that she hadn't heard from him in five months and suspected some kind of foul play.

C de Baca is being held on a $1 million cash only bond and will soon be transported to the Metropolitan Detention Center.


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