Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 61, stands in Court, Friday May 17, 2013, for a first appearance, in mays Landing. She is accused of killing her husband Daniel, who was reported missing six years ago when the couple lived on Leipzig Avenue in Mays Landing. Photo by Lynda Cohen

Michael Ein

A woman accused of killing her husband years ago, then taking his remains with her when she moved has been indicted on a murder charge.

Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 62, was supposed to move to Florida with her husband in 2007, but then he left her for another woman, she told friends.

Then, last May, investigators found Dan Burroughs’ remains inside containers the woman had in a closet in her Ventnor home.

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According to the charges, Doyle Burroughs stabbed her 66-year-old husband to death when they lived in Hamilton Township, then eventually moved to the Ventnor home on the 300 block of Hampshire Drive, where remains were found in containers almost six years later.

She had made at least one other move before Ventnor, according to friends.

After the discovery, the Leipzig Avenue home the Burroughses shared in Hamilton Township was turned into a crime scene, as investigators searched for possible evidence.

Robert Valiante Jr. said he always knew his friend hadn’t left his wife and belongings and disappeared.

On Tuesday, he said he hopes Doyle Burroughs spends the rest of her life in prison.

“You killed a father, son, uncle, best friend and we will never see him again because of your greed,” Valiante said.

Investigators also looked into the death of Doyle Burroughs’ first husband, who died of a heart attack in 1993, in Yeadon, Pa.

“At this point, I don’t think there’s enough evidence to reopen that,” Yeadon Burrough Police Detective Joseph Houghton told The Press of Atlantic City on Tuesday.

Doyle Burroughs was also indicted on a charge of hindering apprehension. She remains jailed on $2 million bail.

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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