Judie A. Wilding
Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: April 1, 2000 from Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: October 29, 1944
Weight: 135-145 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark brown, graying
Eye Color: Blue/Green
Distinguishing Characteristics: Pierced ears. Jaw surgery resulted in broken jaw.
Jewelry: Wedding ring, diamond stud earrings, necklace.
NCIC Number: M-140631396
Case Number: 006580
Details of Disappearance
Judie was last seen at approximately 5:00 p.m. at her pet store, Ani-mall, in the vicinity of the 8100 block of Vaughn Road in Montgomery, AL. Her employees became concerned and called police when she didn't show up for work the next day. They reported that they had seen Mr. Wilding in rages against his wife in recent days and that he had taken a razor blade to images of animals at the store.
Her vehicle was later located behind her pet store and all of her belongings were left at her residence.
Wilding's body still has not been found, but her husband, Albert Wilding, finally pleaded guilty in February 2011 to killing her. Mr. Wilding maintained his innocence for years, saying his wife simply walked out on him. Wilding was preparing to shut down his wife's financially-struggling business. She began preparing for a divorce after more than 20 years of marriage. In his guilty plea, Wilding told the judge he found his wife packing a suitcase and started a struggle with her. Mrs. Wilding was fatally shot during the struggle. Wilding did not call police or an ambulance, instead opting to keep his wife's body in the bathroom of their east Montgomery home for a day before buring her remains. He then disposed of the ashes in different locations around Lake Martin. Wilding's guilty plea deal called for two-and-a-half years in prison followed by five years of probation. The plea marks the second time Wilding has been convicted of manslaughter charges. In an unrelated case from 1970, Wilding admitted to killing his then mother-in-law in Kentucky.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Montgomery Police Department
Alabama Center For Missing and Exploited Children
National Center for Missing Adults
Alabama Department of Public Safety