Police: ID of dismembered body confirmed as missing CA woman; dead husband named suspect

BRISBANE (KRON) — Authorities have confirmed that the human remains found in the Fremont marshlands at the eastern foot of the Dumbarton Bridge on Feb. 21 are those of missing Brisbane, California resident Shelly Titchener.

The Brisbane Police Department also said in a release they have enough information and evidence to establish her husband, Paul Titchener, as a suspect in her murder. They said they are continuing to investigate whether or not he acted alone.

On Feb. 13 at around 11 p.m., 57-year-old Shelly Titchener told her husband she was leaving the house to spend time with a friend, police said. Two days later, her husband reported her missing and at-risk.

Her torso was discovered near the Dumbarton Bridge was by an East Bay man and his friends who were out on a walk along the bay. The man told Media General contributors that the group spotted a large plastic bag near the water’s edge.

“Right when we got the bag open and saw like I said the skin, it’s like, ‘OK. Call the police. This is not…this is really suspicious.” the man said.

He said he and his pals remained at the scene until late that night as police combed what he described as a crime scene.

And there was no doubt about what kind of crime they were investigating.

“The identification was made by a right thumbprint match to DMV records. There are still remains yet to be discovered and recovered.  We are not commenting any further on what parts of the remains are outstanding.  There is no longer an active search for evidence or remains along the Fremont Shoreline,” Brisbane police said.

As Fremont police focused their investigation on the couple’s home in Brisbane, California Highway Patrol officers responded to a report of a man who jumped into the water from the Bay Bridge western span. The Caltrans tow truck driver reported seeing a male sitting on the railing, and then saw the man fall into the water.

A U.S. Coast Guard crew recovered the body of Paul Titchener about 45 minutes later, CHP officials said in a statement.

Paul Titchener, 62, was not named as a suspect at the time of his death, but was a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance, police said.

Titcheners’ two adult sons said their mom and dad were both deceased in a Facebook post last week.

The Brisbane Police Department said they are in the process of obtaining search warrants for computers and mobile devices belonging to both Shelly and Paul Titchener. The computers and mobile devices were taken from the home of Shelly and Paul Titchener and Paul Titchener’s business during the execution of search warrants on February 24, 2016.

“Additionally, we are working on obtaining credit card and banking records for both Shelly and Paul Titchener for the days leading up to these events. Brisbane Police are also currently working on obtaining any license plate reader (LPR) information that is available to us from the surrounding bay area.”

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