Phoenix police have taken 57-year-old Joseph Anthony Concialdi into custody on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the disappearance of his wife, 59-year-old Julie Concialdi.
Julie Concialdi was last seen earlier this month at her north Phoenix home near 27th Avenue and Dove Valley Road. She was reported missing after her car was found abandoned and burned just a few miles away from her home on Sept. 4. The fire appeared to be set intentionally, according to a probable cause statement police filed with the court on Tuesday.
Phoenix police confirmed last week that foul play was suspected in her disappearance.
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Court documents revealed new information about the case.
According to police, surveillance video shows a man walking away from where the car was found.
The man in the video appears to be wearing the same clothes that Joseph Concialdi was wearing in another surveillance video obtained from that day, police say.
It was Joseph Concialdi who called police two days later to report that Julie, his wife of 30 years, was missing, according to court documents.
After Julie Concialdi was not returning calls from her family or police, police issued a search warrant to investigate the couple’s home on Sept. 8.
Traces of Julie Concialdi’s blood were found as well as what police called “evidence of a significant sanitized crime scene.” Police believe that Julie Concialdi suffered significant injuries.
Joseph and Julie’s relationship was one riddled with infidelity and talks of divorce, witnesses and Joseph told police. Julie reportedly expressed to witnesses that she suspected Joseph was cheating on her.
Upon his arrest in Scottsdale, Joseph told police that he was planning to drive to Payson following a heated argument he had with Julie on the night of her disappearance. Joseph claimed he felt the need to cool down and told police he was going camping in Payson.
Investigators later found that Joseph had in fact not gone camping, but instead drove to Payson to visit a woman he had been seeing since March.
According to police documents, Joseph met this woman on a dating app where he “portrayed himself as almost divorced and that his wife was a drug addict.”
People described Julie as “very conscientious and reliable” and a methodical planner, so it was strange that she had missed a nail appointment and had not shown up to work this month, police said.
Activity on Julie’s phone stopped on Sept. 2, two days before her car exploded, and no one has contacted her since then, according to police. Police believe she died that day.
Joseph Concialdi is currently being held on a $2 million cash bond, and investigations are still underway to locate Julie Concialdi’s body.
Phoenix police ask anyone with information to contact the department at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.
Reach breaking news reporter Salma Reyes at Salma.Reyes@arizonarepublic.com or on Twitter @r_salma_.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Missing woman’s husband arrested on murder charge; ‘sanitized crime scene’ found in home, police say