66-year-old charged with killing wife

October 31, 2008 2:43:54 PM PDT
A 66-year-old man who reported his wife missing a month ago -- and said his family was in anguish - has been charged with killing her.Werner Lippe of Cortlandt Manor was arrested Thursday and arraigned Friday on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Faith Lippe, 49.

New York state police say he has confessed to killing her. State Police Capt. Keith Corlett says Werner Lippe told authorities that he disposed of the body in a way that would make it difficult to find. Several areas of the couple's Cortlandt Manor property are being scrutinized, including a barbecue pit.

Corlett says Lippe allegedly revealed how and why Faith Lippe was killed. The captain declined to divulge the details.

No plea was entered at the arraignment in Cortlandt Town Court.

Lippe was still in the process of retaining a lawyer, court clerk Tina Cardinale said. He was sent to the Westchester County Jail.

Lippe had told police he saw his wife get into someone else's car outside their home Oct. 3 after she returned from some errands.

"She left again and that was the last time we saw her," he told The Journal News.

As recently as Oct 14, investigators said there was no evidence of foul play.

The Lippes had two children, a 14-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl, and Lippe said his wife's disappearance was tearing at them.

"It's hurting and killing me how my daughter is falling apart," he said.

Faith Lippe was a nutrition consultant at the Ossining schools.

Werner Lippe runs a jewelry design business in Manhattan, about 40 miles from his home. Employees who answered the phone on Friday would not comment.

Lippe's arrest came the same week that two other suburban husbands were charged in attacks on their wives. William Walsh of Bethpage is accused of strangling his wife, dumping her body and making it seem she had been a victim of roadside violence. David Steeves of Center Moriches allegedly slipped cyanide into his estranged wife's coffee and nearly killed her. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

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