The husband of a woman whose body was found almost a month after she was reported missing pleaded guilty Thursday to strangling her and hiding her body in a storage unit, NBC subsidiary WAVE reported.
Judson Hoover, 50, of New Albany, Indiana, was arrested Monday in connection with the death of Rebecca Ruth Hoover, 38. Her body was found that day in a storage unit in Louisville, Kentucky, prosecutors said in a news conference Thursday.
Judson Hoover is due to be sentenced in October.
Authorities turned against Judson Hoover on Aug. 27 when one of the couple̵
When Judson Hoover arrived at school that day to pick up his children, he gave investigators permission to search the house, according to the News and Tribune.
Police found spattered blood at the base of the basement stairs and surveillance footage showed Judson Hoover retrieved a 55-gallon container from a storage unit on August 28.
On Monday, police executed a search warrant for a second storage unit in Louisville, where they found the body of Rebecca Ruth Hoover. She was first reported missing by her mother on Aug. 4, said Todd Bailey, New Albany police chief.
An autopsy revealed that she had died from a blunt violent trauma to the head and torso, according to police.
As the investigation continued, “it became very clear that Judson Hoover was responsible for her death,” Bailey said.
Judson Hoover’s attorney Charles Streib didn’t immediately return a phone call and email Thursday with a request for comment.
According to court records, Hoover was charged with strangulation and household battery in the presence of a child back in April. This case remains active.
“I am deeply saddened by Rebecca Hoover’s family,” said Chris Lane, a Floyd County attorney. “My office will vigorously seek justice.”
The Associated Press contributed.