Husband charged in 30-year disappearance of wife

Thomas Collard, who was married to June Collard who went missing in 1980, has been charged with second-degree murder in her case. At the time, Thomas said June had run off with another man. Earlier this week he finally confessed to causing her death. He said he hit June during an argument and she fell, struck her head on something and died. Apparently a lot of people have suspected something like this. The Collards’ oldest middle daughter, Tammy, said she repeatedly confronted her father and demanded that he tell the truth, but he always denied everything.

Kudos to the New York police for their persistence in investigating this very old case and bringing closure to June’s children and the rest of her family.

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3 thoughts on “Husband charged in 30-year disappearance of wife

  1. marycarney July 24, 2010 / 9:02 pm

    I never cease to be amazed by the people in law enforcement – esp. homicide investigators. I’m totally hooked on The First 48, because it gives you insight on how these crimes eventually get solved. Amazing.

    • Meaghan July 24, 2010 / 9:09 pm

      Police do not get praised enough or paid enough for the job that they do.

  2. Karen July 25, 2010 / 8:33 am

    Tammy is not the middle DAUGHTER. She is the OLDEST daughter out of three girls (the youngest is not June’s child but is Tammy, Candy and Tom Jr. sister) and one boy (tom Jr.). I know because I grew up in minerva and olmstedville area and know the family personally. it also has NOT been confirmed as to whether June hit her head after Tom hit her. June’s body/remains had NOT been found yet. and frankly after 30 years unless he broke bones there will probably be no way to confirm Toms story about how she died. and frankly you are taking the word of someone who killed his wife then spread the story that she abandoned her children for another man and move dto texas then waited 30 years to confess. personally I would hold off on believing anything Tom Sr is saying until its been proven fact. Yes I know the newspapers are saying he said that but the reporter didnt get that info from Tom Sr. nor the NY state police who did the questioning of Tom Sr. and who Tom Sr. confessed to. who knows wouldnt be the first time someone has adlibed when a mic was shoved in their face.

    I say kudos goes to Tammy, she is the one that persued the case even when it was sitting as a cold case in the police department shelves to to be pulled out periodically. it was Tammy that got the case reopened 16 yrs ago by presenting new evidence against her father, and it was tammy who kept confronting her father demanding to know the truth. she would have been the one confronting him this time too but the state police told her not to. It takes alot of guts for a girl to confront her father as many times as Tammy did, she knew just like all of us that live here in minerca and olmstedville that her dad killed her mom. I dont think there are many people (non police persons) around that would confront a murderer once let alone a child and young adult year after year after year for 30 years. He already killed her mom she could have been the next one. but she kept right on looking for her mom and looking for the evidence. Kudos to Tammy.

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