According to a police affidavit, Bigbee's wife, Tiffany, said in a police interview this week that she discovered the body in her home during the early morning hours one day in August 1992. She said her husband told her that he smoked crack cocaine with the woman and had struggled to keep her from leaving the home, the affidavit said.
Tiffany Bigbee told police that she thought her husband may have broken the woman's neck during a struggle.
The following day, she told police, she and her husband drove through the back roads of Chester County with the body in the trunk of their Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Her husband had stored it overnight in the basement, she said.
Near the picnic grounds of the Lenape Park along Route 100, she said, her husband rolled the body down a small incline and they drove away. Some time later, she said, she read in the newspapers about a missing South Coatesville woman whose body had been found. The accounts described her as someone who frequented night spots in the borough.
Tiffany Bigbee told police her husband threatened her life if she told anyone about the slaying, and she feared for her life and that of her unborn child.
Winthrop Bigbee was charged Thursday with murder, false imprisonment, abuse of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence and intimidating a witness. He is being held without bail in Chester County Prison pending a preliminary hearing Friday before District Justice Susan Welsh in Parkesburg.
When questioned this week, according to the affidavit, Bigbee said that he had woken up to find the woman dead beside him on the living room floor.
District Attorney Anthony Sarcione said no decision has been made about whether to charge Tiffany Bigbee. He said the investigation is continuing.