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Nearly seven years after his wife went missing, a Silver Spring Township man faces criminal homicide charges.

Cumberland County District Attorney Skip Ebert announced charges against Hap Seiders, 65, Wednesday morning. His wife, Rabihan Seiders, of Silver Spring Township, was last heard from on March 25, 2012, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Silver Spring Township Police.

Ebert was appointed district attorney in 2018 after former district attorney David Freed, who served in the position since 2006, was nominated and confirmed in the fall of 2018 as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Shortly after taking office, Ebert unsealed grand jury records from Hap Seiders’ case and announced he would seek criminal charges, something Freed had not done.

“There is no direct proof of this particular homicide,” Ebert said. “It had to be a decision on my part to go forward with this case based on the circumstantial evidence that we had.”

Missing person

Police were alerted to Rabihan Seiders’s disappearance a few weeks later in 2012 when her adult daughter called them because she had not heard from her mother, police said.

At the time, Rabihan Seiders and Hap Seiders lived in the 100 block of Willow Mill Park Road in Silver Spring Township, according to the affidavit. The couple also owns a home in New Jersey, according to police.

Rabihan Seider’s daughter told police that her mother had expressed concerns that Hap Seiders would hurt her, and told her that if anything happened to her, the daughter should tell police that Hap Seiders “did it,” according to the affidavit.

When questioned in April 2012, Hap Seiders told police he had last seen his wife on March 28 when he dropped her off at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey, police said.

Police searched the Seiders’ Silver Spring Township home in 2012 and discovered a blood stain on a carpet that provided a DNA match to Rabihan Seiders, and female bones were found burned in the fireplace, according to the affidavit.

Motive

Ebert said Wednesday that the bones were too badly damaged to provide a definitive match to Rabihan Seiders.

When pressed on what Hap Seiders’ motive may have been to kill his wife, Ebert said he was expected to gain millions of dollars in assets.

He said Rabihan Seiders transferred roughly $3 million in gold coins to a security deposit box in Philadelphia shortly before her death. Ebert said he could not elaborate further about those financial interests because of additional possible charges.

“It doesn’t take a genius to understand that if you’ve lost $3 million, you might want to get it back,” Ebert said.

Police arrested Hap Seiders, who has largely been living in New Jersey since his wife’s disappearance, Tuesday. He is charged with felony criminal homicide, misdemeanor abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

Ebert said Hap Seiders had been on “electronic monitoring” since February, and police were alerted that he was heading back to Pennsylvania, allowing for the arrest.

He did not explain why Hap Seiders was under this kind of surveillance.

Police work

Ebert commended the Silver Spring Township Police Department’s continued investigation of the case.

Ebert and Silver Spring Township Police Chief Chris Raubenstine commended Sgt. David Jenkins, who they said has been on the case since the very beginning.

“I think one of the best times for us was being able to take down the missing person’s poster,” Raubenstine said.

Hap Seiders is being held in Cumberland County Prison with bail denied.

He is scheduled to appear in front of Magisterial District Judge Kathryn Silcox at 2:30 p.m. March 13 for a preliminary hearing.

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Email Joshua Vaughn at jvaughn@cumberlink.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Sentinel_Vaughn.