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Feb 4, 2013 6:15 AM

Man Suspected In Wife's Disappearance More Than 10 Years Ago Dies

The man accused and at one time suspected in a Lexington woman's disappearance, was killed in a car accident Sunday in Floyd County. Bill Crider was found near German Bridge.

The Floyd County Coroner tells LEX 18 crews in a snow plow found Bill Crider and his wife in their wrecked vehicle along 194.

Crider's wife was taken to the hospital but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bill Crider was questioned in his previous wife, Joyce's disappearance in 2002.

Joyce went missing that year after she went to a Lexington hotel to finalize her divorce from Bill.

Over the years, police conducted searches for Joyce, including when they went to the site of a burned-down Floyd County home where Bill once lived.

Joyce was never found and throughout it all, Bill denied any involvement in her disappearance. In 2009, Joyce was declared legally dead. LEX 18 spoke with Joyce's family afterwards.
"We know that there's some bad things that have happened to her and we can't take care of that and that is frustrating," said Mike Gaines.

Bill Crider at one time told LEX 18 he didn't believe anything bad happened to Joyce. At one point saying he had proof she was actually still alive. Bill Crider was 49-years-old.

Although Bill never faced any charges in his wife's disappearance, he was indicted by a federal grand jury for drug-trafficking and weapons charges. He plead guilty to distributing oxycodone.

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