A Vancouver man is accused of murdering his wife of 20 years after finding her handwritten notes related to their finances and impending divorce.
Victor Frye, 72, was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with murder.
Frye's son-in-law first called 911 Monday night to report his wife was talking to Frye on the phone and he was "very distraught," according to a Clark County probable cause document.
The report shows Frye's daughter and son-in-law said Frye and his wife had been experiencing marital problems and they believed he may have killed her. They added that a box had appeared on their front porch in Portland containing Frye's will and other items.
Vancouver police responded to the home on Northeast 83rd Avenue and said Frye was sitting in a chair, unresponsive. A woman was lying in the nearby bathroom covered with a blanket.
Investigators said she was shot at least twice in the chest and had no signs of life.
Victor Frye was taken into custody at around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday. Police said Victor Frye admitted that he "snapped" and shot his wife, Anita Frye.
According to court documents, Victor Frye said they have had marital problems over the last four or five years. They were sleeping in different rooms and decided to separate and proceed with a divorce.
Victor Frye said Monday he found his wife's handwritten notes about their divorce and her own plan for their finances. He told detectives the notes made him angry.
Victor Frye said he waited 15 to 30 minutes for his wife to come home and called her upstairs, where he was waiting with a 9 mm handgun.
Court documents said he admitted confronting his wife, which led to a struggle and ultimately Anita Frye ended up on the bathroom floor. Victor Frye said that's when he "snapped" and shot his wife.
Victor Frye said she did not move or speak after he shot her.
He covered Anita Frye with a blanket, according to investigators, and then gathered their wills and other financial items. Victor Frye said he wrote a note and included it in a box and drove it all to his daughter's home in Portland and left it on her front porch.
Victor Frye was arraigned Wednesday on the charge of murder and is due back in court Nov. 28. He is being kept behind bars without bail.
Court documents show he receives social security and a government pension after working in the postal industry.
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