EVERETT – A second-degree murder charge was filed Wednesday against Michele Donohue of Arlington for the death of her husband, who has been missing 10 years, and after human remains were found buried under her garage floor last week.
In the charging document filed in Everett District Court, Snohomish County prosecutor Mark Roe said Donohue “with intent to cause the death of another person, to-wit Byron Wright, did cause the death of Byron Wright” sometime between Aug. 1, 2004, and Oct. 1, 2004. No other details were provided.
Donohue appeared in front of a Snohomish County judge Friday afternoon. Donohue is being held on $1 million bail.
Neighbor Bob Watson heard jackhammers breaking apart the concrete floor in his neighbor’s garage Thursday.
“They were looking for body parts,” said Watson. “That’s kind of weird.”
Lindsey Johnson has been living on the property with Donohue for several months.
“I don’t know what to think,” said Johnson. “I’ve been living with some people who … this is crazy, this only happens in the movies, this is not real.”
Investigators dug under the cement slab and discovered human remains, including severed hands and legs. Police believe they could belong to Donohue’s husband, who has been missing for 10 years.
“You just never know who you’re living next to,” said Watson.
Court records reveal Donohue divorced her husband in 2004, saying he fell in love with another woman.
Donohue received all of her husband’s property, including an expensive car collection and a life insurance policy in the divorce. She later remarried.
Police began investigating Donohue when a witness came forward last December; he said he helped dig up and re-bury a body on her property.
Johnson believes it’s possible that Donohue is guilty of murder.
“From her actions and her attitude, her words towards me, anything’s possible,” said Johnson. “Because I’m literally scared anytime I heard a noise out here and I didn’t know why.”
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has not publicly released its report on the remains or how the person died.