Saturday, September 9, 2017

Realtor's Body Found - Ex-Husband Arrested

Missing Baytown realtor Crystal McDowell was found dead Saturday, and her ex-husband is in custody and likely to face a murder charge, according to Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne.

The mother of two vanished on the eve of Hurricane Harvey, kicking off a dayslong search that ended in tragedy Saturday.

"The active search for 38-year-old Crystal McDowell is now over," Texas EquuSearch posted on Facebook. "A body has been found that is thought to be that of 38-year-old Crystal, but the identification must still be positively confirmed by law enforcement investigators and medical authorities."

Hawthorne confirmed the find and that Steve McDowell had been taken into custody, but he did not immediately offer details as to time or location.

"We ask that everyone please keep Crystal's family, especially her little children in your thoughts and prayers during this most tragic and devastating time of their lives," EquuSearch wrote.

McDowell vanished on Aug. 25, after telling her boyfriend she was headed to her ex-husband's house near Mont Belvieu to pick up her children, ages 8 and 5. When her family didn't hear from her, they called authorities the following day to report her missing.