Bexar County Sheriff’s Office/KSAT
- Andreen McDonald, 29, was reported missing on Friday when she didn’t show up to the gym or work.
- Cops later found tools they believe her husband, Andre McDonald, 40, bought to dispose of her body, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
- Andre, an Air Force major, was charged on Sunday in connection to his wife’s disappearance.
- Authorities continue to search for Andreen’s body.
An Air Force major has been charged in connection to the disappearance of his wife, who San Antonio authorities believe is dead.
Friends reported Andreen McDonald, 29, missing on Friday when she didn’t show up to work or the gym, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
Her husband, 40-year-old Air Force Major Andre McDonald, initially said she was being treated at the hospital, according to an arrest affidavit KSAT obtained. When cops discovered that was false, her husband reportedly stopped cooperating and retained a lawyer.
Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
Investigators obtained a search warrant to look through the couple’s home and discovered a torn up receipt, showing suspicious purchases Andre made early Saturday morning including a shovel, an ax, and gasoline, according to KSAT. Those tools were reportedly found in Andreen’s car, along with her cellphone. The shovel had dirt on it as if it had been recently used, and blood was found throughout the home, according to the affidavit.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said during a Saturday news conference that they believe McDonald was killed and that they are focused on finding her body, the Express-News reported.
On Sunday, Andre was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.
As he was being led into the jail, the newspaper reported that he told reporters: "I love my daughter. I love my family. That’s it."
A relative is caring for the couple’s 6-year-old daughter, according to the Express-News. Salazar said the girl is autistic and non-verbal — and she may have witnessed what happened to her mother.
"This little girl is autistic, mostly nonverbal. To us, it’s pretty evident she saw something. She saw what happened to her mom, and that’s the most heartbreaking part of this case," Salazar said, according to the Express-News.
KSAT reported that McDonald is a cyber warfare specialist in the Air Force.
"He’s a highly intelligent person, and I think he knows exactly what he’s doing," Salazar said, according to KENS 5. "I think that quite frankly, he probably thinks he’s smarter than anybody in law enforcement, but he’s behind bars right now."
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