Greensboro, NC -- The husband of a missing woman was arrested late Thursday and charged with murder.
Winfred Scott Simpson had his first court appearance on Friday afternoon. He is charged in connection with the death of his wife, Retha Simpson. He elected to be represented by a court appointed attorney.
Colonel Randy Powers with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office says the evidence collected links a body found Wednesday on Thurston Avenue to that of Retha Simpson.
Thursday night, police issued a search warrant for a room at the Drury Inn on High Point Road. In the application for the search warrant filed by Detective G.R. Moore it reveals that police were called to hotel after an individual called 911 and told the operator he was trying to "kill himself".
The court document reveals that the person that called 911 was Mr. Winfred Simpson. Simpson was taken to Moses Cone for evaluation after the document says that officers found an "empty package of sleeping medication"
The search warrant application goes into great detail about the events leading up to the arrest of Winfred Simpson.
Detective Moore writes, "Mr Winfred told investigators that on March 18, he had caught his wife talking to another man on the the internet and he confronted her about it. Mr. Winfred told deputies that his wife admitted to having an affair over the past six months. Mr. Winfred said that he and his wife got into an argument and the later went to bed."
Moore writes in the application that "the next day, Mr. Winfred went to work and he claims that this was the last time he saw his wife."
Col. Randy Powers with the Guilford County Sheriff's Department says a missing persons report was filed on March 23. This is four days after the warrant application states that Winfred Simpson last saw his wife.
The court document also reveals that after the body was found Wednesday on Thurston Road, detectives went to the couple's home on Stoneypointe Drive to talk with Simpson.
Moore writes in the application, "I noticed a 55 gallon barrel that appeared to have been used to burn things in. There was a ring on the ground a couple feet away from the burn barrel that made it look as though the barrel had recently been used."
Moore also states, "In the living room next to the wall there was a box for a 'Bissell' shampooer. The box was new and I asked Mr. Simpson if he had recently purchased the item and he responded that he had."
A search warrant of the couple's home was issued on March 24. Detectives say this warrant lead to further evidence including blood, cleaning supplies, latent prints and impressions.
The body that investigators believe to be Retha Simpson was found by workers in a wooded area off Thurston Road on Wednesday. The court documents say that investigators responded and discovered the remains of a woman.
Detective Moore wrote in the search warrant application, "the body had been dismembered and was partially in what appeared to be trash bags tied with cords. Near the body there was a 22 inch in diameter circular impression on the ground. Also leading up to the body in the mud there were several tire impressions. There were also several items that appeared to be charcoal briquettes."
Neighbors of the couple on Stonypointe Drive dealt with the news of the death and subsequent arrest of Winfred Simpson.
"It's pretty disturbing because it's a nice neighborhood and peace and quiet and I just hate to see something like that happen here.", said neighbor Daniel Neal.
A probable cause hearing for Winfred Simpson is scheduled in Guilford County Court for May 4.
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WFMY News 2 / Guilford County Sheriffs Office