DENTON (November 12, 2009)—The Denton County Grand Jury Thursday returned an indictment charging murder against Charles Stobaugh, 54, in the death of his estranged wife Kathy Stobaugh, a Gatesville native who’s been missing for nearly five years.
Texas Rangers and sheriff’s deputies arrested Stobaugh at around 4:30 p.m. Thursday at his home on Metz Road in Sanger.
His bond was set at $100,000.
Kathy Stobaugh, who taught school in Denton County, disappeared in December 2004 after leaving her home in Sanger to visit her estranged husband.
On Dec. 30, 2004, her car was found in his driveway.
She hasn’t been seen since.
Authorities didn’t learn of the disappearance for four days.
Charles Stobaugh told police he did not inform them earlier because Kathy Stobaugh had disappeared before and had always returned after a few days.
Stobaugh told police his wife had been at his home on the night of Dec. 29, 2004, but said she stayed only half an hour and he was at a loss to explain what had happened to her.
Investigators referred to him throughout the long investigation as “the only suspect” in her disappearance.
Her family had offered a $60,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts, and Denton County Crime Stoppers added $1,000 to the reward.
Stobaugh’s mother, Jeannie Munday, 68, of Gatesville, died last November without every learning her daughter’s fate.