Anchorage man faces charges in 1999 slaying of wife

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested Tuesday on charges he killed his wife in 1999.

Michael Bailey faces charges including first-degree murder and evidence tampering in connection with the death of Susan Bailey, 43, police said. Her body was found July 5, 1999, in Kincaid Park by a man walking his dog. Investigators said she died of a blow to the head.

Bailey had reported his wife missing to police June 28, four days after he said he'd last seen her. Police at the time said there was evidence of violence at the couple's home, which was examined by a crime scene team. In addition, the couple had an extensive history of domestic violence.

Capt. Bill Gifford said homicide detectives have been pursuing some old unsolved cases recently but declined to elaborate on what new evidence led to Bailey's arrest.

A judge had revoked Bailey's custody of his three children a few weeks after the slaying because he was a suspect. They were placed with Susan Bailey's parents.

A hearing on Bailey's custody petition is scheduled for April 15, said Kathleen Hollett, a sister-in-law of Susan Bailey. The family was concerned the children would be given back to their father, Hollett said, and had recently pressed authorities to make an arrest.

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