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Fairfield Man Charged With Murder After Wife's Body Discovered

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine State Police have charged a 32-year-old Fairfield man with murder following the discovery of his wife's body on Tuesday.

State Police spokesman Steve McCausland says authorities took Luc Tieman into custody in Waterville this morning at about 10 o'clock.  Tieman is charged in the death of his wife, 34-year-old Valerie Tieman. 

McCausland says Tieman had spent the night in a motel, "and detectives this morning, in consultation with the Maine Attorney General's Office - we collectively made the decision - that an arrest was appropriate."

Valerie Tieman's body was found 200 to 300 yards behind the house she shared with her husband and his parents.

Police says Luc Tieman hold them that his wife had been sitting in their pick-up truck in a store parking lot three weeks ago.  He said he had gone into the store and when he returned she was gone.

McCausland says Valerie Tieman was reported missing by her parents, who live out of state,  on Sept. 9.  State police joined the investigation last week.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.