The mystery skeleton found in plastic sheets in a quiet village have been identified as missing husband John Sabine (left) last seen in 1997. His body was found last month just three weeks after his own wife Leigh Ann Sabine (right) died aged 74 from cancer. Detectives investigating the grim discovery say his wife is the ‘main suspect’ in their probe. Mrs Sabine had carried on living in the same apartment block in Beddau, near Pontypridd, South Wales (right), since her husband was last seen in 1997. His body was found in plastic wrapping in the street called Trem-Y-Cwm three weeks after her death.
Mr Sabine was never reported as a missing person despite not being seen for 18 years – and was still listed on the electoral register as living at the same house. Police later revealed the couple had ‘estranged children’ who did not list Mr Sabine as being missing.
‘DNA evidence has confirmed the identity of Mr Sabine, who was last seen in 1997. ‘Mrs Sabine passed away on 30th October 2015 and is currently the main suspect in this investigation.’A post-mortem examination established John Sabine had injuries consistent with an assault.