Capone named suspect in the disappearance of Rachel Anderson

CLARKSTON, WA - New evidence that's surfaced has changed the status of a Moscow man from a person of interest to suspect in the disappearance of a Clarkston woman.

KLEW news examines what that distinction means for the future of Charles Capone, as Rachel Anderson has been missing for three years now.

It's been three years to the day since Rachael Anderson went missing. And in the wake of the anniversary of her disappearance, the Asotin County Sheriff's Office said they have enough evidence to name her estranged husband, Charles Capone as a suspect in the case.

"At no time during this investigation have I been more confident about our ability to hold anyone involved accountable," said Asotin County Sheriff's Office Dan Hally. "We're comfortable now at this point, in naming Charles Capone as a suspect."

Anderson went missing in 2010 shortly after she filed for divorce from the 51-year-old Moscow man. Capone has always been considered a person of interest in the investigation, but Hally said they weren't able to name him a suspect until Monday.

"A case of this magnitude puts a strain on all agencies, big and small," said Hally. "And I really commend the command staff of all of the agencies involved."

Charges of 2nd-degree assault domestic battery were filed against Capone for allegedly attempting to strangle Anderson before her disappearance. But they were recently dropped to make way for a federal indictment in the case of her disappearance. He'll be held in custody until May first when the federal government decides to file charges or the local county prosecutor files charges.

"Justice will be served in this case," said Hally.

In the case that the federal or state government does not file charges by May first, Capone is scheduled to be released.