- Associated Press - Monday, October 17, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - A man who reported his wife left their Maryland home in 2006 after an argument and never returned has been charged with killing her, Baltimore County police said Monday.

Michael Amick, 56, a former Parkville resident, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Roxanne Stitz Amick, police said in a news release.

The man had told police his wife left home on Sept. 13, 2006, following an argument and failed to return. Roxanne Amick’s body was found two days later in some woods. Authorities said the remains were wrapped in blankets in an area with a lot of poison ivy.

An autopsy found the 40-year-old woman had died from multiple injuries and that her death was a homicide.

Police questioned Amick after the discovery of the body and said he had a rash on his arms from above his wrists to his upper arms. Authorities took Amick to a hospital, where doctors said the rash was a reaction to a plant such as poison ivy, they added.

Recent advances in DNA technology linked work gloves found in Roxanne Amick’s car to her husband, according to authorities. Amick moved to Hawaii after his wife’s death, police said, and recently was in Baltimore on a visit.

Joseph Murtha, Amick’s lawyer, said by phone that Amick’s bail had been set Monday afternoon at $250,000. “He will be in a position not to sit in jail,” because Amick had previously been held without bail, Murtha said.

Murtha has represented Amick since 2006 and said the nature of the case appears to be unchanged, and “sadly, he has been charged with the murder of his wife. This case will be vigorously defended.”

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