Orange County man charged with killing wife as deputies search for body in campground [Updated]
The Orange County district attorney’s office filed charges Tuesday against a Santa Margarita man who allegedly killed his wife of 39 years by hitting her with a small statue.
The charges against Richard Forsberg were filed as deputies searched for the body of Marcia Ann Forsberg, 61, in a Ventura County campground. [Updated at 2:49 p.m.: Marcia Ann Forsberg was a longtime features writer at the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa.]
Richard Forsberg, 61, was charged with murder for allegedly killing his wife in February by repeatedly hitting her in the head with a small statue after arguing with her, according to the district attorney's office.
He allegedly kept her body in their Rancho Santa Margarita home for several days before taking it in a rented motor home to Lake Piru Recreation Area, where he dumped the body, authorities said.
Richard Forsberg allegedly told neighbors his wife was visiting friends in Arizona and they were having marital problems.
Forsberg was charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder by lying in wait. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
He was being held without bail and was expected to be arraigned Wednesday.
-- My-Thuan Tran in Los Angeles and Mark Boster in Rancho Santa Margarita
Top photo: Orange County Sheriff's homicide detectives and a forensic specialist sift through an ash-filled fire pit at Lake Piru campground in search of a Rancho Santa Margarita woman who vanished nearly six months ago. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
Middle photo: Richard Forsberg.
Bottom photo: Marcia Forsberg.