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Bond Increased In Fraud Case Of Missing Durham Cellist's Husband

Posted February 4, 2003 5:07 a.m. EST

— A judge increased the bond for the husband of a missing Durham cellist Tuesday.

Robert Petrick was arrested Monday on eight counts of obtaining property under false pretense and three counts of forgery and uttering. Petrick's bond had been set at $75,000, but it was increased to $100,000 because the judge considered him a flight risk.

Petrick has a prior criminal record with fraud charges dating back to the early 80s. Police said the charges are somehow related to the disappearance of his wife, Janine Sutphen.

Sutphen had been missing since Jan. 21 when she failed to show up for a rehearsal with the Durham Symphony. Petrick reported her missing later that night.

Arvid Straube, the couple's pastor, showed up for Petrick's court appearance. He describes Petrick as friendly and intelligent.

"We are just shocked. We are praying for them. We are praying for her and her safe return," Straube said.

Tuesday, authorities continued their search of the couple's townhouse. Although authorities considered this a missing persons case, cadaver dogs were brought in from Asheville.