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Police arrested the ex-husband of a Texas realtor and mother of two who vanished a day before Hurricane Harvey made landfall.
Steven McDowell, 44, was arrested and charged with murder Saturday after the body of Crystal Seratte McDowell, 37, was found in a wooded area of Chambers County near Baytown, where she was expected to pick up her children on Aug. 25.
Her two kids, ages 5 and 8, were at her ex-husband’s home near Baytown.
Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne did not elaborate on how McDowell died.
McDowell was staying with her suspected white killer temporarily while her Baytown home was being renovated, according to reports. Their divorce had been finalized months before.
Before the weekend arrest, investigators had at least nine persons of interest.
McDowell’s uncle reported her missing on Aug. 26, when Harvey touched down on the coastal city of Rockport. Her black Mercedes was later found submerged in floodwaters at a motel along Interstate 10, outside the neighboring town of Mont Belvieu.
Her boyfriend said that the divorced couple had been fighting leading up to her disappearance.
“I think something’s horribly wrong,” Paul Hargrave told ABC News last week.
The day before she vanished, McDowell showed no hint of her fate on Facebook. It was business as usual for her gig as a realtor.
“Having an awesome day with one of our amazing Realtors and wonderful friend,” McDowell wrote.
And the day before that, she expressed the utmost joy for life.
“I’ve never been happier in my whole life than I am right now,” McDowell said. “God is so good.”
As worried friends, relatives and authorities searched for the missing woman, the man suspected in her death littered his own Facebook page with news clips and fliers of his ex-wife.
Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said that he was “very confident” that McDowell was not among the 60 casualties of the deadly tropical storm that battered the Houston area.