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Robert Arnold Jarrett (Howard County Police Photo / April 20, 2012)

An Elkridge man accused of killing his wife, who disappeared 21 years ago, will remain in jail, a judge ruled in a bail review hearing Friday morning at Howard County District Court.

Robert Arnold Jarrett, 57, of the 6000 block of Claire Drive, is being held without bail at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup, according to online court records.

Jarrett is facing one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in the death of Christine Jarrett. He was arrested Wednesday night in Prince Frederick in Calvert County, where, according to court records, he currently lives.

Detectives returned Wednesday to Jarrett's house in Elkridge, where Robert Jarrett's current wife lives. The couple is separated, according to the Howard County Police Department. Property records show Robert Jarrett as the home's owner.


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Investigators found the remains of a woman underneath the floorboards of a backyard shed and buried in concrete. Personal effects located with the body suggested that it was Christine Jarrett, police said. On Friday afternoon, police announced that the medical examiner, using dental records, had confirmed that the remains were those of Christine Jarrett.

Police announced Robert Jarrett's arrest Thursday.

Christine Jarrett was reported missing on Jan. 5, 1991. Robert Jarrett told police that she had walked away after an argument. She was 34 years old at the time.

According to court records, Robert Jarrett filed a petition in Howard County Circuit Court in 1996 for Christine Jarrett to be declared dead.

On Jan. 28, 1998, the court did declare Christine Jarrett dead, declared the date of her death to be June 10, 1993, and ordered the chief medical examiner to issue a death certificate with that information and "additional information" about Christine Jarrett provided by Robert Jarrett, according to court records.