Houston: Crystal Seratte McDowell, missing Houston realtor remains untraced for the last more than two weeks. Till now there is no trace of her or her whereabouts. The last time the 37-year old woman was seen was on August 25, merely a day before Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston area, creating havoc across the fourth largest city in the US.
More than a hundred thousand homes have been completely or partially destroyed in torrential rains and flooding following the powerful hurricane. Her disappearance didn’t evoke much interest due to the fact that merely a day later, the entire city and its surrounding towns were inundated with several feet of floodwater and unmatched destruction in a very long time.
What her boyfriend, Paul Hargrave, was trying everyone to understand seems to be sinking in the minds of other people now. He has been trying to impress upon everyone not to take her case as those of people who disappeared or lost their lives due to flooding. He has been trying to convince everyone that her appearance was not an accident, but a criminal act.
Now Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne has also said the same thing. He says that police have been looking into multiple leads. “Hurricane Harvey is not the reason Crystal McDowell is missing”, the Sheriff said.
37-year old Crystal McDowell, a realtor and mother of two aged 8 and 5 was reportedly last seen on surveillance video leaving her boyfriend’s home on her way to pick up her children from her ex-husband, Steve McDowell’s house on Aug. 25.
Her boyfriend said that he got a text from her she was either going to stay at or leave her ex’s house with the kids depending on weather and traffic conditions.
Hargrave is not the only one fearing foul play in her disappearance. Jeff Walters, McDowell’s uncle, said he received text messages from her, including one that showed her thanking Hargrave for putting up a billboard promoting her as a realtor. A few days later, her Mercedes was found submerged in flood water close to Motel 6. Sheriff Hawthorne was quoted by media as saying that police doesn’t believe the woman parked her car there.
Earlier he was quoted by media as saying, “As the Sheriff I will tell you personally think there is some wrong doing in this. I think there is a suspicious nature. I don’t think she has left on her own. I think there has been foul play at this point.”