David Reathman of Golden arrested on murder charge in death of his wife, Barbara Reathman

GOLDEN, Colo. - A senior citizen walked into the police department in Golden Thursday evening and was arrested on murder charges.

Police said Monday that relatives of 65-year-old David Reathman called officers to check on the terminally ill man.

When officers arrived, they said they found a dead body. But it wasn't Reathman -- it was his wife, 70-year-old Barbara Reathman.

David Reathman was not home.

Officers issued a media alert asking for help finding Reathman. He turned himself at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Detectives said they had developed evidence to have David Reathman held on charges of murder in the first degree. Reathman is being held without bond in the Jefferson County Jail, a place he worked at until he retired last year.  He oversaw inmates in the work program.

Investigators said they don't know Barbara Reathman's s cause of death. They only said her death appeared suspicious.

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