Scottsdale police arrest woman for shooting husband, dumping body in desert

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Shari Tobyne By Jennifer Thomas Shari Tobyne By Jennifer Thomas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale police detectives arrested a 53-year-old woman for the murder of her husband last year.

Shari Tobyne reportedly confessed to shooting her husband, Dwight, in their condo near 87th Street and Mountain View Road on Nov. 25 but said it was an accident.

On July 21, the couple's three adult children called the Scottsdale Police Department to report their father missing, saying he had not been heard from since late November. At that time, he said he wanted to separate from his wife of 35 years and was moving to Oklahoma to live with his brother.

However, Dwight did not pick up the U-Haul trailer he had reserved and he never arrived in Oklahoma.

According to Scottsdale police, Shari told the children that their father might have gone to Mexico where he had a friend.

As time went on and Dwight missed important family events, the children became concerned and contacted police.

On Aug. 3, Dwight's vehicle was located abandoned in an apartment complex approximately eight miles from the home the couple rented. The doors to the vehicle were locked and the keys were on the driver's side floorboard.

During surveillance of Shari and her vehicle, detectives reportedly saw her place a garbage bag containing clothing, a magazine for a handgun and a dismantled handgun in a Dumpster in Chandler.

Detectives learned that Shari had purchased a gun approximately three days after Dwight told her he wanted to separate.

Detectives detained Shari after watching her begin to clean the trunk of her car near Dobson Road and Southern Avenue in Mesa.

Shari reportedly confessed to shooting her husband and disposing of his body in the desert east of Phoenix. Shari told police that she had intended to kill herself, but that Dwight grabbed the gun and was accidentally shot.

Shari said the bullet hit Dwight in the head and immediately killed him.

Shari reportedly told police that she wrapped Dwight's body in bedding and dragged him out to the garage then wrapped him in a tarp. She said three days later she put him in the back seat of her car and drove to an unknown location off of the Beeline Highway and left his body in the desert. His remains have not been located.

Shari reportedly told police that she did not report the incident because she was afraid no one would believe that it was an accident.

Detectives believe Shari planned the murder and intentionally shot her husband. She was arrested for first-degree murder and is currently in custody.