An Alaskan Army soldier has been arrested and charged with murder after his wife’s body was found hidden in a drain in Anchorage after a days-long search.
Anchorage police said Friday morning that 21-year-old Zarrius Hildabrand has been arrested and remanded in custody at the Anchorage Jail on charges of first-degree murder and second-degree murder, as well as tampering with evidence.
His bail is set at $500,000 for the murder of his wife, 21-year-old Saria Hildabrand, police said.
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Officials said Sarias’ body was found in a drain, leading to her husband’s arrest.
Saria, an Alaska National Guard combat medic, went missing on Aug. 6, according to her family.
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Zarrius was reportedly the last person Sarias saw as she left their house on Sunday morning to walk to work at Bread & Brew Alaska. He reported her missing on Monday, the family said.
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Meredith Barney, Sarai’s mother, told the Anchorage Daily News she was shocked by the allegations.
“He walked around with me for hours looking for my daughter, knowing she was dead,” Barney said. “He lied to me several times and tried to play it off like he was a concerned husband.”
Family and friends described Saria on a GoFundMe page as an outgoing, loving and caring person. She moved to Alaska at the beginning of the year and planned to enroll in college courses in the fall and dreamed of a career in medicine.