Detectives from Michigan and California arrested a 41-year-old man for investigation of murder in the death of his ex-wife, whose body was found buried in the desert nearly 10 years ago.
Charles Patrick Leppan was arrested Sunday in Brandon Township, Mich., the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department reported. He was booked at Michigan's Oakland County Jail and is awaiting extradition to California for investigation of murder.
A man walking his dog found a woman's body buried in the desert on March 3, 2004. Two months later, authorities identified the remains as those of Leppan's 33-year-old ex-wife, Jean Leppan. She had vanished the previous January.
Leppan and her husband divorced in 2003 but were still living together in Yucca Valley when she vanished. Charles Leppan remarried two weeks after she disappeared.
Sheriff's detectives arrested him in May 2004 after interviewing him about the disappearance. He was eventually released without being charged.
At the time he was a Marine Corps sergeant serving at the military base in nearby 29 Palms.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's cold case detectives decided to re-examine the case earlier this year.
"Homicide detectives conducted numerous interviews and search warrants were served," Sheriff John McMahon said in a statement released Monday. "They developed new information and submitted it to the district attorney for review."
On Sunday they arrived at Leppan's Brandon Township, Mich., home with a warrant for his arrest.