Ex-Navy man in custody for allegedly killing his wife
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 32-year-old ex-Navy man whose wife went missing in 2014 and was found dead two years later in a boat channel near their Point Loma home was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murdering her.
Matthew Sullivan of Wyoming, Delaware, was taken into custody at his residence this morning in connection with the death of the mother of their two daughters, according to San Diego police.
Elizabeth Sullivan, 31, disappeared on the night of Oct. 13, 2014, and her phone was later shut off, investigators said.
As police searched in vain for the missing woman, her family hired a private detective, distributed missing-person flyers and set up social media sites dedicated to their attempts to find her, including a GoFundMe.com account to raise reward money for information on her whereabouts. All the efforts proved futile.
A family statement posted online in October 2015 reported that the investigation had “gone completely cold.”
On Oct. 6, 2016, a passer-by found Elizabeth Sullivan’s body in a harbor inlet off the 2600 block of Farragut Road, not far from the Liberty Station neighborhood where the couple had lived, SDPD Lt. Mike Holden said. An autopsy determined that her death was a homicide.
Authorities have declined to disclose how she died or what led investigators to identify her spouse as her alleged killer.
The suspect — who left the Navy and moved to the East Coast shortly after his wife’s remains were discovered — was booked into a local jail in Delaware pending extradition back to San Diego for prosecution, Holden said.