Marion County: Husband charged with murder, abuse of wife's corpse

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Laura Fosmire
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Friday, September 13, 2013
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A man accused of killing his wife and hiding her remains in remote Marion County was formally charged Friday with murder and abuse of a corpse.

The charges against Gustavo Villanueva Gutierrez stem from a September 2012 incident in which human remains were discovered by a Mill City hunter while he was hunting adjacent to Niagara Heights Road, about four miles east of Gates.

The remains were identified as those of Gutierrez’s wife, Maribel Gutierrez-Salinas, 39. They lived in Tualatin.

Gutierrez-Salinas was last seen in February 2011, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System website.

Gutierrez, 42, was arrested in Laredo, Texas, on Aug. 26 after a Marion County grand jury handed up a secret indictment with his charges.

The Laredo Morning Times described him as a truck driver who was operating an 18-wheeler when local authorities pulled him over near Interstate 35 in North Laredo.

He was extradited to Oregon to stand trial. He is lodged in the Marion County jail without bail and is next scheduled to appear in court Sept. 29.

Gustavo Villanueva Gutierrez - ICE HOLD