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Elkridge Home Where Body Was Found to be Sold

Howard County police said they dug up the remains of Christine Jarrett, former resident of the Claire Drive house, under a shed in the backyard.

Elkridge Home Where Body Was Found to be Sold Elkridge Home Where Body Was Found to be Sold

The Elkridge home where Howard County will be put up for sale, attorneys announced July 10. 

It was the latest move in the divorce proceedings between Martha and Robert Jarrett.

"Parties have agreed to put the property up for sale," said one attorney. Another noted that the mortgage was overdue.

Robert Jarrett, the Elkridge homeowner and a steamfitter by trade, has been incarcerated at the Howard County Department of Corrections in Jessup since April 19.

He is facing first-degree murder charges in the disappearance of his first wife, Christine Jarrett, whose remains Howard County investigators said they unearthed behind the Jarrett residence on Claire Drive on April 18.

Previously, Robert Jarrett reported Christine Jarrett missing in January 1991. The detective assigned to the missing person case said during that Christine Jarrett was considered "a walkaway," or someone who left the home of her own accord.

Three months after Christine Jarrett's reported disappearance, Martha Hamacher met Robert Jarrett. They married in June 1993, according to the divorce filing, which states the couple has an 18-year-old daughter.

Since her husband’s incarceration, Martha Jarrett has continued living in the residence on Claire Drive where investigators found the remains of Christine Jarrett, according to court records.

Martha Jarrett was a stay-at-home wife and mother during the 18-year marriage and “is unemployed, has no income, and has no significant employment history,” according to court filings. 

She asked the court to freeze her husband’s assets because "given [his] current situation with the criminal justice system, he is likely to require substantial financial resources to garner a defense and...will attempt to dissipate marital funds."

According to Martha Jarrett's divorce filing, Robert Jarrett had an earning capacity greater than $116,000 a year and "is possessed of a substantial estate." The home at 6050 Claire Drive is worth $277,300, according to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.

At Judge Louis Becker's request on July 10 in Howard County Circuit Court, Robert and Martha Jarrett's attorneys agreed to submit in writing the next steps for dealing with the couple's finances.

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