Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Marcia was last seen on March 13, 2010.
Friends had been trying to reach Marcia Ann Forsberg since February, but her husband told them that they were separating and that she was busy with friends. When neighbors asked for her, he said she was in Arizona. But, he told one neighbor that he expected her to return by the end of September for the couple's 40th anniversary. Though friends continued to grow concerned for the woman, her disappearance remained out of the eye of authorities until August 24, when friends reported her missing to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Forsberg reportedly told investigators he had not seen or heard from his wife since she left March 13 for Arizona, yet he had not filed a missing person's report. Investigators noticed that his wife's Silver Volkswagen Beetle was parked at the home. No activity has been found of Marcia Forsberg's cell phone or bank accounts.
Deputies returned to the home the following day to find that Richard Forsberg was gone, as was his wife's Volkswagen Beetle. Forsberg was found at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs after investigators received a tip. Forsberg was taken there after trying to commit suicide. He made incriminating statements that connected him to the murder of his wife.
Forsberg was arrested and was charged with one count of special circumstances murder. Forsberg is a suspect of murdering his wife by bludgeoning her to death with a statue and discarded the body in the Lake Piru campgrounds. He then burned the body in the Ventura area campground.
In 2012 Forsberg was found guilty of murder in wife's bludgeoning death. That conviction then became a second-degree finding by law, reducing Forsberg's prison sentence from 25 to life to 15 years to life. He confessed to killing his wife on February 10, 2010 by beating her with a Hindu figurine of a goddess, then dismembered and decapitated her. He burned the remains in various campsites in Ventura county.
Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh argued that Forsberg planned the killing of his wife to put an end to their marriage of nearly four decades because it wasn't fun anymore. Defense attorney Calvin Schneider argued that Forsberg "exploded" in rage the night of the incident and killed his wife in the heat of passion.
Her remains have not been recovered.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Orange County Sheriff's Department
Orange County Register