Houston: Crystal McDowell, a mother of two young kids aged 8 and 5 years has still not been found after two weeks. She is missing since August 25, a day before the Hurricane Harvey made the landfall in Texas.
Initially people and even officials thought that the woman is a victim of the Hurricane Harvey or the massive flooding that followed in its wake and created havoc across the greater Houston area.
The woman, a real estate agent who dealt in new houses had gone to her ex husband’s home to bring back her two children. While leaving her boyfriend’s home she told him that she will be back soon. But she hasn’t returned ever since.
37-year old Crystal McDowell was seen leaving her husband’s home on surveillance video in Baytown area. Later, in the course of a search at her ex husband’s home, her bag containing her real estate agent’s paper was found there.
Her boyfriend who approached the police the same day and registered a missing person’s report says that his girlfriend messaged him informing him that the roads were clear. While the woman hasn’t been found as yet, her black Mercedes was found merely days almost completely submerged in water at a Motel 6 in Mont Belvieu.
Meanwhile her uncle Jeff Walters says be became suspicious after speaking with her ex, Steven McDowell. “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” says he. 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.”
While explaining it he says, , “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.”