McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Stephen Vanderbeek, accused in the murder of his wife 10 years ago, waived extradition from New Jersey this week and was ordered held without bond following his arraignment in Fulton County.
Cpl. William Baker, an investigating officer in the case that used a missing persons Web site to make an arrest, said Vanderbeek, 51, of Ridgewood, N.J., was brought to McConnellsburg on Monday. He was arraigned at 6:30 p.m. by Magisterial District Judge Wendy Richards Mellott, who sent him to the Bedford (Pa.) County Prison pending a preliminary hearing.
Mellott scheduled the hearing for 10:30 a.m. July 6 in her McConnellsburg courtroom.
Vanderbeek is accused of strangling his wife, Cynthia Vanderbeek, between March 22, 1995, and March 28, 1995, and leaving her brush-covered body in a wooded area off Fire Tire Road in Fulton County, police said. Her decomposed body was found by a jogger May 1, 1995.