Thomas Collard's signed confession said June Collard had come to his home - they had been separated for some time - and that after an argument, he punched her and she then fell through a door and hit her head against a hot water tank, authorities said.
In his statement, Collard said he checked for signs of life, but found no pulse or breathing, and later dumped June's body out a window into a hole that had been dug for a septic system, according to the confession, police said.
Helping unearth the bones this last week were workers of of the Town of Minerva Highway Department, the state
Department of Transportation and a few private contractors, including the Glenn Battease Excavating of Queensbury, officials said. The workers had dug up soil on the 1,200-square-feet property where Thomas Collard lived at the time of June Collard's disappearance in Nov. 1980. She was 30 years old at the time, and several of her children were left motherless.
(Valley News Editor Matt Bosley contributed to this report.)