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After allegedly staging his wife’s death to look like a suicide, police say they’ve arrested Matheau Moore, who once pleaded with a popular podcast to highlight his wife’s disappearance.
Emily Noble celebrated her 52nd birthday only hours before her husband reported her missing to local police. On May 25, 2020, Moore allegedly told authorities that he believed his wife vanished in the middle of the night while he slept, according to People. She left behind her wallet, phone, and car keys at their shared home in Westerville, Ohio.
Four months later, searchers discovered Noble’s remains in a wooded area by County Line Road and State Road, not far from she was reportedly last seen, according to WDTN News.
Authorities believe that someone had staged the crime scene to make it look as though Noble took her own life, according to People. But medical examiners believe Noble was strangled. She sustained fractures on her face and neck.
“This has been a very, very long journey for all of us involved in this investigation,” said Lt. Justin Alloway, according to WDTN News. “It took a lot of time and effort of different people. It was frustrating for the family and friends of Emily, and frustrating for us at time, as how long everything took.”
Authorities said details surrounding the investigation would come to light at the impending trial, according to the Dayton-based news outlet.
In June, a month after Noble’s disappearance, Moore pleaded with the popular true-crime podcast, The Vanished Podcast, to highlight his wife’s case.
Some of Moore’s comments during the episode raised eyebrows.
“Interviewing someone that their spouse is missing, they’re in a state of grief, they’re in a state of desperation,” Coleman told WBNS. “There are things that Matt said to me that I have never heard in an interview.”
The podcast, devoted to covering missing person cases, has aired 291 episodes to date. Emily’s case was Episode 246: Emily Noble.
When asked to describe his wife on the podcast, Moore responded, “I never saw her get on the scale. She’s very small, like 100 pounds… pretty legs, great arms.”
“My internal, immediate reaction was ‘Oh my gosh,’” said Coleman to WBNS.
Moore also couldn’t keep the dates of his wife’s disappearance straight.
“She was very, very, very thin,” said Moore in the podcast. “Not, like, druggie thin.”
Moore continued, “Like, she’s not smiling. She’ll have a look on her face that’s very, like, there’s something wrong. It’s just how she is.”
The couple married in 2018. According to interviews with friends on The Vanished Podcast, Noble’s previous husband died by suicide in 2011.
Moore was arrested last Thursday at a traffic stop, one day after a grand jury’s decision to indict Moore on two counts of murder and one count of felonious assault,
“They’re making a mistake,” Moore announced while wearing handcuffs, according to ABC 6. “I am innocent.”
Moore pleaded not guilty and is currently in custody on $2.5 million bail.
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