Farmington Hills Police Chief William Dwyer announced the completion of the 1990 investigation of the death of Marlene Sweet.
Sweet was found dead inside her Farmington Hills home.
Based on the evidence presented by detectives who were on the case, the Oakland County prosecutors office has issued a warrant charging Marlene Sweet's husband, Roger Sweet, with her murder.
Police said Sweet abused Marlene Sweet physically from day one of their marriage.
Roger Sweet's second wife Lizzie Collier-Sweet, 49, has been missing since an arson fire swept through their Brownstown Township home in January.
Roger Sweet is considered a suspect in the disappearance of Lizzie Collier-Sweet, Farmington Hills Police Chief Bill Dwyer said.
Brownstown Township police Lt. Robert Grant said when Sweet was asked about his wife's whereabouts, he said if he had to guess she was probably dead in the woods.
Dwyer said if Roger Sweet was charged 16 years ago perhaps he wouldn't have been in the position to allegedly victimize another person.
An investigation is under way.