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Roy man arrested for wife’s murder; body exhumed from Bountiful Cemetery
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Dennis and Jean Chamberlain - courtesy photos
Dennis and Jean Chamberlain - courtesy photos

ROY – A 74-year-old Roy man faces a murder charge after police say he killed his wife and had her buried in Bountiful.

Roy Police Lt. Kevin Smith told the Clipper that Jean Chamberlain died on Feb. 16, 2014 at her home.

At the time, Smith said her husband Dennis Vance Chamberlain did not alert authorities and obtained a death certificate through Jean’s physician and a mortician. She was buried in Bountiful on Feb. 20.

Smith said family members immediately alerted police when details provided by Dennis about her death did not add up, including the placing of individuals in the home who could not corroborate those events.

According to Smith, Jean’s body was exhumed from the Bountiful City Cemetery a few weeks after her death, and that over the following months, investigators obtained warrants to search the Chamberlain home.

He said detectives found evidence that Chamberlain was researching methods to commit suicide without being detected, including Internet records and a book of suicide instructions obtained by investigators.

Smith noted that some of the researched items that could be used to cover an intentional death were found inside the Chamberlain home.

Jean and Dennis Chamberlain were married in the Logan LDS Temple in 1965, and spent most of their married life in Davis County, including Centerville, Bountiful and North Salt Lake. A Feb. Davis Clipper obituary stated that upon Dennis’s retirement the couple moved to Roy in 2005.

Smith said Jean had suffered a recent stroke, but was considered to be in excellent mental health at the time of her death.

Dennis Chamberlain was arrested and booked into the Weber County Jail on Tuesday. He faces one count of murder.

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