As friends searched a forest preserve Sunday for the remains of Gena Chiodo, Donal E. Clark, 42, appeared in Cook County bond court, charged with her murder.
Prosecutors said police made a wellness call to the couple's Calumet City home last Wednesday evening after she had not shown up for work in three days.
After knocking repeatedly, they forced their way inside and encountered Clark coming out of a back bedroom, prosecutors said. After getting permission from Clark to search the house, police found blood spattered on a treadmill and on the walls of an office and weight room, prosecutors said.
They also detected the strong smell of bleach in a bathroom where they found a shower curtain missing and blood spattered near the toilet, prosecutor said in bond court Sunday.
In the first floor master bedroom, prosecutors said police found blood in various places, including a bloody towel wadded up on the floor. In the garbage can, there was a bloodied negligee, a bloody shower curtain and a broken necklace, prosecutors said.
And on the landing near the back door, police found remnants of a pool of blood, a bucket, a mop and bleach, prosecutors said.
"We wish the Clark family would show mercy on us and tell us where Gena is so we can put her to rest," a spokesperson for the family said after court Sunday.
Clark told police that the two had a fight three days earlier. Clark said he had been sleeping and when he awoke, the victim was gone.
Police said they found her car in the driveway as well as her ID and shredded credit cards in the kitchen.
Clark was arrested Thursday. Speaking on the phone with a relative while in custody, Clark said he awoke with her in his arms and covered in blood. He said he'd given her mouth-to-mouth. He and the relative talked about telling police where her body is if he "could get a deal."