Houston: A missing mother of two children, eight and five year old, is reportedly missing for the last nine days. She was last seen on Aug. 25 and till now there is no trace of her. In the meantime, the vehicle she was travelling was found submerged a couple of days ago in the parking lot of a motel in Houston.
Initially, despite being pronounced missing, the search for woman couldn’t actually begin due to the fact that the entire city was wrecked by Hurricane Harvey and the several feet of flood water that was almost everywhere in the entire town and surrounding areas.
For the next week, the whole city remained submerged in several feet of water and the disaster and the fact that there were a large number of people missing during the storm. Many people thought that Crystal McDowell too was one of the many women missing in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding.
But Crystal McDowell’s boyfriend Paul Hargrave has been trying to convey to almost everyone that she is not a victim of Hurricane Harvey and says she went missing a day before Hurricane Harvey made a landfall in Houston.
Now there are reasons for police to believe that foul play was involved in the disappearance of a woman who went missing just hours before Hurricane Harvey struck. Crystal McDowell, 38, was reported missing last Saturday and her family fear that the chaos resulting from the natural disaster could have been used to carry out the plot.
Crystal Seratte McDowell, a Houston-based estate agent, who specialized in the sale and purchase of new home, was last seen leaving her boyfriend’s house in Texas. From there she went to her ex-husband’s home 18 miles away to pick up her two children. While talking about the sequence of events, her boyfriend Paul Hargrave says, “She texted me to say road conditions were good around 8:30 a.m.”.
Crystal Seratte McDowell’s car was spotted partially submerged in water outside a Motel 6 in Mont Belvieu. The car was submerged in water, but the license plate was visible and a match for McDowell’s. “I immediately tried to get there, but the flood waters were just too high,” Hargrave said. Her relatives approached her former husband who showed them a text message from her. “He showed me a message on his phone where she said she was going to get the kids and go to Dallas. I have reservations about believing that she sent that message,” Walters said. But they are not ready to buy if this was a message from her.
Meanwhile Brian Hawthorne, from the chambers county sheriffs office, said: “I think that there was probably some animosity between boyfriend and the husband. The husband might think that the boyfriend had something to do with it…The boyfriend might think that husband has something to do with it. Which is exactly what we are faced with right now.”
He went on to say, “There was a black bag found next to the computer at her ex-husband’s house. That is correct. It had real estate documents and items, it was a black briefcase, it was not like a coach clothing bag. It was not something a woman would use as an overnight bag…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.”