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UPDATE: Husband accused of bathtub death indicted

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UPDATE: A Warren County grand jury has indicted Ryan Widmer for aggravated murder.

"We believe this to be a murder," Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said. "The significant amount of physical and circumstantial evidence that have been uncovered reveal that this was no accident. Sarah died after a violent struggle."

Widmer continues to be held in the Warren County Jail on a $1 million bond.

UPDATE: Ryan Widmer was in court on Thursday. His bond was set at $1,000,000, despite Sarah Widmer's family asking for a low bond.

Both families sat in court in tears and hugged each other outside the courtroom when the arraignment was over.

He will have a preliminary hearing on Aug. 21.

Widmer's attorney, Charlie Rittgers, says he has not seen the evidence against his client.

"There is nothing out there that indicates that this was anything but an accident other than the little tidbits of evidence that we hear from the prosecutor's office, and I haven't seen any of those," Rittgers said.

UPDATE: Hamilton Township police have arrested the husband for the death of a woman found in the bathtub.

Ryan Widmer, the husband of 24-year-old Sarah Widmer, turned himself in to authorities this afternoon. He is now charged with the murder of his wife. Sara was found dead in her bathtub from drowning.

The Warren County Prosecutor's office, along with the Hamilton Twp. Police, held a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

At the press conference, FOX19 was told that Sarah Widmer's death was now being ruled a homicide.

"There is evidence that there was some traumatic injury and some use of violent force against her," said Warren County prosecutor Rachel Hutzel.

Investigators say they went back to the home a removed forty pieces of evidence from the property.

"This was not an accidental drowning. When we continued the investigation and continued to collect evidence, even serving a search warrant on the residence today, approximately 40 more pieces of evidence were retrieved from the house," said Lt. Jeff Braley.

Police say this couple had no reported history of domestic violence.

Ryan is the sports sales manager for the Warren County Convention and Visitors bureau and Sarah had worked as a dental hygienist in Fort Thomas, Ky. Police say the couple had been married less than a year.

Hutzel says she plans to take the case to the grand jury as soon as possible.

FOX19.com will be making new updates as more information is being released.


The victim has been identified as Sarah Widmer, 24.

The case has police puzzled and neighbors shocked.

Like many of their neighbors, Kristina Cline and Whitney Lutz worried and wondered about what they saw happening outside the house on Crested Owl Court Monday night.

"We started IMing each other this morning, you know we didn't know what was going on," said Cline.

Hamilton Township Police say Widmer drowned in her bathtub shortly before 11 p.m., and that her husband, Ryan, told them she'd fallen asleep in the tub. But police have not said that happened for sure.

Instead, officers say the case is still under investigation.

"The officers got out of the car, and they were running, yelling and running all around the house," said another neighbor,  Stephanie Dorfmueller. "In my opinion it looked like they were looking for an entry point."

Dorfmueller lives just doors down from the Widmer house, and watched as emergency crews tried to save Sarah, who police say died a little while later at Bethesda Arrow Springs Hospital.

"I was quite surprised when they said that they brought somebody out and they were performing CPR, because I knew that it was a young couple, and I thought, 'wow what could possibly have happened that this person wasn't breathing,'" said Dorfmueller.

That's what Hamilton Township Police would like to know too.

Police say they don't think this case is a suicide.


The Montgomery County coroner will perform an autopsy on a woman found drowned in her own bathtub.

This all happened around 11 p.m. Monday night at a home on Crested Owl Court.

Hamilton Township police lieutenant Jeff Braley says a man called 911 saying his wife drowned after falling asleep in the tub.

Police were on scene much of the night, looking for possible evidence. It's not clear if drugs or alcohol were involved.

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