Montgomery County police have charged a 35-year-old Rockville man with the murder of his estranged wife, who is still missing after her disappearance two weeks ago, a police department spokesman said yesterday.

William Francis Hurley of 5625 Hogenhill Terrace was arrested and charged Aug. 19 with the murder of his wife, Catherine Patricia Hurley, 34, of Glenwood, Md., according to Montgomery police spokesman Cpl. Phillip B. Caswell.

Patricia Hurley, who was reported missing on Aug. 13, was last seen at her husband's Rockville office on the evening of Aug. 12, just before leaving for a beach house at Bethany Beach, Del., Caswell said.

Hurley never arrived at the beach house, and the next day her brother discovered her car in a fenced lot at an automobile dealership in Rockville, Caswell said. The car contained only Patricia Hurley's personal effects.

Caswell said that police have concentrated their search for the woman in the Gude Road-Route 355 section of Rockville, where county fire and rescue workers have been draining a pond at a landfill since Monday. He said that the draining should be completed today.

William Hurley, who is free on $50,000 bond, is a self-employed house cleaner, his attorney, William T. Wood, said.

Hurley could not be reached for comment.