Neighbors in shock after missing man's wife is charged with murder

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A community is in disbelief after their neighbor was charged with murder.

The wife of Eddie Cruey, Sandra Dales, was arrested just one day after a body was found in her yard, and months after her husband went missing.

"It's a shock to all of us," said a neighbor, Linda Chesser.

Eddie Cruey's family says they flew down to Augusta in December to file a missing persons report. They said they had to after Dales didn't file.

We asked Dales in December about her husband's disappearance, and she said he was with family.

If you look back even further, an incident report shows a history of violence between Cruey and Dales.

Deputies arrested Dales in July after they say she hit her husband in the head with a hammer.

The report also says: "they'd both be sleeping with a knife", and that Eddie hit her with a towel and threatened to kill the dogs.

"Things have happened that made them turn bitter and angry, then alcohol and drugs got into it," said Chesser.

Even with such a past, neighbors say they never would have imagined an ending like this.

"She will have a miserable life of course, and he has no life so there is nothing fair about it," said Chesser.

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