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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — A U.S. Army major remains in pretrial detention pending an investigation into his wife’s death, 8th Army officials confirmed Thursday.

Maj. Richard Hart, 45, is being held at the Camp Humphreys confinement facility, said Lt. Col. Steve Boylan. Hart has not been charged and an investigation continues, Boylan said.

“There is no projection for charges or completion of the investigation,” Boylan said.

Incheon Airport Highway Patrol officers said they observed Hart dumping something from the Yongjong Bridge around 3:40 a.m. on Aug. 12. His car broke down about 320 yards from the bridge, and police arrested him around 4 a.m.

South Korean police recovered the nude body of his 53-year-old wife, Patricia Ann Hart, wrapped in plastic and duct tape where it fell onto land. The Yongjong Bridge spans a marshy tidal plain leading to Incheon International Airport.

The body showed no signs of trauma, police said. Officials from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner’s office on Okinawa performed an autopsy.

But the autopsy report is not complete, Boylan said. The results will not be released while there is a continuing investigation.

Hart was turned over to U.S. military authorities — the legal agreement between the United States and South Korea dictates crimes between base personnel are handled under military jurisdiction regardless of where the crime occurred.

Before he was turned over, South Korean police said Hart admitted to punching his wife after an Aug. 9 argument. Police said Hart claims he left the house and when he returned the same day, he found his wife lying on the floor.

Police said he told them he left the house again and when he returned Aug. 11 or early Aug. 12, his wife’s body was still on the floor. Hart denied killing his wife and abandoning her body.

Hart, who lived in Itaewon, came to South Korea on June 26 on an unaccompanied tour, and his wife was visiting, Army officials said. Hart was assigned to U.S. Forces Korea headquarters.

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