Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

Missing Penngrove Woman's Death Investigated as Homicide: Sheriff

Sheriff's investigators say her estranged husband is a person of interest in her death

Foul play is suspected in the death of a missing Penngrove woman and detectives are now investigating the case as a homicide, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

The body of Annie Bailly was found at the Point Reyes National Seashore last month. Bailly, was 63 at the time she went missing on Dec. 7, 2014. She was reported missing by her husband, Kerry Bailly. The couple was going through a divorce at the time.

Annie Bailly's disappearance was previously considered suspicious, and the family issued a $10,000 reward to help locate her.

On Tuesday, Kerry Bailly spoke out about the latest findings, which include sheriff's deputies treating him as a person of interest in his wife's death.

"They are not accusing me of anything; they think I murdered my wife," he said, adding that he and his wife "had some very, very good years together and some very bad years together."

"I couldn’t stand her lifestyle," Kerry Bailly said. "I couldn’t live with her marijuana and antidepressants; they do not go together."

On Feb. 27, motorists involved in a crash just outside the Point Reyes Station discovered Annie Bailly's body over an embankment, sheriff's officials said. That discovery gave sheriff’s investigators enough information to seek a search warrant of the Bailly home.

"This is the last known place where she was known to be alive," Sgt. Spencer Crum said. "We want to go back and collect any evidence left behind."

Kerry Bailly said his home was turned upside down by detectives Tuesday. They even searched his garage.

He said his wife has a history of attempting to take her life. But detectives said suicide is not an option in Annie’s death.

"Suicide is ruled out. Accident is ruled out," Crum said. "This is definitely a homicide."

A cause of death has yet to be released.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Sheriff's Investigations at 707-565-2185.

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