Woman's body found buried beneath concrete slab of her home's driveway 45 years after she went missing, husband charged
The man, who is from South Australia, had been arrested in his home in Wallaroo on September 19 and he took the officers to the home he shared with his wife
The eerie moment that a man who was charged with the murder of his wife that he committed almost five decades ago became emotional on camera as he pointed out the spot where he buried her body. The shocking footage shows 70-year-old Geoffrey Adams pointing to a specific spot in the driveway of the home where he and his deceased wife, Colleen Adams, stayed in before she vanished on December 19, 1973. The man, who is from South Australia, had been arrested in his home in Wallaroo on September 19. He was taken by the police back to the property to identify the spot where he had chosen to hide her body then.
With detectives accompanying him to the site, Adams walked into the yard of his former home. Nine News reported that he then proceeded to point at a particular slab of concrete before he broke down in tears. One of the detectives then spraypainted the shape of a large rectangle on the concrete in what is presumably directly above where Colleen is buried. Adams can then be seen looking back at the yard one last time before officers took him to the Kadina Police Station and was charged with the murder of his wife.
For 45 years, Geoffrey Adams claimed his wife Colleen had walked out on their family – until he led police to her remains. The interview not seen for decades TONIGHT in #9NewsAt6 pic.twitter.com/v692wu7hdc— Nine News Adelaide (@9NewsAdel) September 20, 2018
The authorities were then faced with the tricky situation where they had to unearth Colleen's remains from the spot in the yard. This was only a recent subject in forensic searches into the case. Adams had claimed before that his wife had packed a couple of suitcases and had told him that she had never wanted to see him or their two children again. According to Adams, Colleen then left in the family car with a middle-aged woman.
Colleen was reported as missing by her mother one month after she allegedly took off with another woman in the family car. The case, however, had not been declared as a major crime until 1979, six years after she had been reported as missing.
After a gruelling two days, police have exhumed the body of cold case murder victim Colleen Adams from the Maitland backyard her husband allegedly buried her in 45 years ago. https://t.co/BgFxSomUMa @AndreaLNicolas #7News pic.twitter.com/3EVegsyv5x— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) September 21, 2018
The couples' daughters were barely toddlers with one being 3-years-old and the younger one being only 18-months-old at the time of their mother's disappearance. According to reports, relatives told the authorities that Colleen would have never just left her children and run off because she was a doting mother who loved them very much. Adams never once said anything that was different from the first statement that he gave where he said that Colleen had wanted a divorce. He also never bothered lodging a missing person report.
Less than 24 hours before he had been arrested on September 19, he still maintained that original story in a television interview. He said in the interview: "I just hope that she's well and enjoying life yeah."
Kaye Adams, the youngest daughter of Colleen Adams said in a note read by police: "At last I have found my mother."
"After 45 years of hoping, we have found her," she wrote. "It's hard to say in a few words what I am feeling. "I am thankful that the truth has come out and I put my trust in the legal system now."