Fox man accused of killing wife, troopers say
FAIRBANKS Alaska (KTUU) - A man from Fox has been charged with first-degree murder stemming from an incident last October, Alaska State Troopers report.
According to an online dispatch, troopers were notified that 65-year-old Kimberly Bridges was missing from Fox, a small community north of Fairbanks, on Oct. 25, 2021. Troopers wrote that 59-year-old Robert Bridges, Kimberly’s husband, told officers of her disappearance.
Robert Bridges was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on Friday.
“The nature of the report was highly suspicious, and the Alaska Bureau of Investigation began a multi-month investigation,” troopers wrote.
Charging documents state that on Oct. 22, 2021, just three days before Kimberly Bridges was reported missing, the couple had received almost $30,000 in an insurance payout on an old RV.
In a sworn affidavit, Alaska State Trooper Nicholas Sailer said that after the money was initially paid out to a bank account owned by Kimberly, the funds were moved to a bank account owned by Robert, who asked his wife to transfer the money.
The affidavit says Robert alleges to have last seen Kimberly on Oct. 24, 2021, around 4:30 p.m. It says he last saw her leaving in a green Subaru Forester with two other individuals. The investigation says Robert was later seen on security cameras at a gas station on Farmers Loop Road with the green Subaru in the background.
Testimony from Bridges on his whereabouts the night of Oct. 24 conflict with security cam footage of him purchasing a phone charger, according to the affidavit, which states that footage shows him buying the charger 11.5 hours after he said he did.
The affidavit also says that Kimberly Bridges’ daughter Danielle Thomas, who lives in Florida, had doubts about who sent a text message to her from her mother’s phone on Oct. 21, 2021. It said Thomas told investigators that the writing style of the message was not consistent with her mother’s style.
Troopers wrote that a tour group located a body near the Yukon River bridge off the Dalton Highway on May 25, 2022. The remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office.
The affidavit said that the human remains were found wrapped in a mattress pad and other bedding materials and were tied together with a green nylon rope. Investigators said all materials were confirmed to have belonged to Robert Bridges through previous photos taken at his residence.
According to an assessment from the state medical examiner, Bridges was shot at close range in the back of the head. The affidavit says the .45 caliber Kahr handgun that was found with Bridges’ remains in the tarp matched the description of the gun that Robert Bridges told investigators she had taken with her.
“Preliminary information from the State Medical Examiner determined that the death was a homicide, which was consistent with evidence that Troopers identified at the scene and had uncovered during their investigation,” troopers wrote.
Bridges is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center under a $1 million bond.
This article has been updated with additional details.
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