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Navy man charged with murdering his wife three years after the crime

Local authorities have filed murder charges against the ex-husband of Elizabeth Sullivan, a Delaware woman who disappeared in 2014. Her body was found two years later, floating in the waters of San Diego Bay.

Matthew Sullivan, 32, a Navy veteran, is facing first-degree murder charges in the death of his wife who vanished without a trace from their Point Loma house. 

The 32-year-old Elizabeth Sullivan was a mother of two children. At the time of the murder, Matthew and Elizabeth were a married couple. She was reported missing on October 14, 2014. Only three days after that her family received a mistrustful text from her cell phone. Her molded body was surfaced and identified two years later. Authorities have not yet explained how Elizabeth was killed. However, it is reported that a knife was used as the weapon of crime. 

Elizabeth was born and raised in Hampton, Virginia. She met Matthew when he was stationed for work in Norfolk, Virginia. After the disappearance of his wife, Sullivan expressed his sorrow and fears of not having Elizabeth near her in an interview with People magazine. He told the magazine that despite their marital difficulties, Elizabeth would never leave the family. He added, “She is a good mom. The girls need their mom. She’s been with them while I was at work or on deployment, she was always here”.

San Diego Homicide Detectives investigate Elizabeth’s death as a homicide. Matthew has entered no plea to the charges against him. He was arrested outside his house in Wyoming, Delaware and taken to a local jail, soon to be transported back to San Diego. The police statement does not disclose how Matthew turned to be the suspect and what evidence led to his arrest.