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Husband of missing bikini-clad hiker says cops view him as prime suspect

Husband of missing bikini-clad hiker says cops view him as prime suspect

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Husband of missing bikini-clad hiker says cops view him as prime suspect


The husband of a 69-year-old bikini-clad Arizona woman who vanished while hiking with him in California’s Mojave Desert last week said authorities see him as a prime suspect.

Robert Thomas told Inside Edition he is considered a prime suspect because “it was just the two of us.” He also told the outlet he failed a polygraph test.

‘Yes, I took a polygraph test, they told me I was being deceptive. I know that polygraphs aren’t 100 percent and I hadn’t had any sleep,” he said.

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Barbara Thomas, of Bullhead City, was last seen July 12 with her husband about 20 miles from Interstate 40. She reportedly didn’t have any supplies or her cell phone at the time. The couple brought beer and water on the hike.

She was last seen wearing a bikini, hiking boots and baseball cap.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, park rangers, a helicopter and volunteers had scoured the to look fo her as temperatures have reached triple digits this week.

During the interview, Thomas said he realized his wife was missing when he stopped to take a picture of a rock formation. She continued to walk, he said.

A search helicopter hovers overhead in the Mojave Desert near Needles, Calif., Saturday, July 13, 2019. Authorities in California say they are searching for a bikini-clad Arizona woman who went missing while hiking in the Mojave Desert.  (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

A search helicopter hovers overhead in the Mojave Desert near Needles, Calif., Saturday, July 13, 2019. Authorities in California say they are searching for a bikini-clad Arizona woman who went missing while hiking in the Mojave Desert.  (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

“I hollered her name and I waved my arms, and I looked around the area and I saw that she wasn’t anywhere around. She didn’t respond. I got really panicky,” het said. “I feel like someone did pick her up because she was wearing a bikini, she had a beer in her hand and she was ahead of me and she had to cross that road.”

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He said he believes she was taken against her will. He insists he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

“She is the love of my life,” he said. “Come home. We’re missing you.”



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