Husband Posts “Help Wanted” Ad 3 Weeks After Wife Goes Missing

Husband has been charged with murder

After reporting his estranged wife missing last month, a New York businessman advertised for a part-time bookkeeper to do work she normally handled.

Werner Lippe, who owns a Manhattan jewelry business, is now charged in Westchester County with second-degree murder.

The ad said a bookkeeper was needed for a "private household." It added: "My wife, who did all this work, is since 3 weeks missing."

State Police Senior Investigator Bruce Cuccia calls it "another strange piece of this puzzle."

Lippe's lawyer, Andrew Rubin, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday. On Monday, Lippe told court onlookers who berated him: "I did nothing!"

Faith Lippe was a school nutrition consultant in Ossining.

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