Shortly before Texas mom, Andreen McDonald vanished without a trace, she gave an eerie warning to one of her friends. And, now, it seems as though her words were not in vain. Police have discovered evidence that points to Mrs. McDonald’s warning as being more like a premonition.
The 29-year-old mom had reportedly told a close friend that if anything ever happened to her, they should focus their attention on her husband.
And, police say, that is what it has come to.
On Sunday, police arrested 40-year-old Andre McDonald, an Air Force major, on suspicion of killing his wife, after finding ample amounts of incriminating evidence in his possession.
“Police said they found an ax, shovel, heavy duty trash bags and two five-gallon jugs of gasoline inside their Texas home.” They also found a burn barrel, "which they say could be used to dispose of the body.”
According to Fox News, “Authorities said they believe Andre McDonald, 40, purchased the items – and destroyed the receipt – with the intent of disposing of the body of his 29-year-old wife, Andreen Nicole McDonald, who went missing Friday.”
And even though investigators have not found a body, they say they have reason to believe that Mrs. McDonald is “no longer living.”
"The victim was the mother of the couple’s 6-year-old daughter, and she had been missing since Friday. Her family and friends became alarmed when she didn’t show up to work or the gym.
"Her friends even went to the family’s home in San Antonio and spoke with her husband, but when they ‘weren’t able to get many answers,’ they contacted the sheriff’s office, said Salazar at a Saturday press conference,”
Then some unnerving things happened.
"Investigators became concerned with McDonald’s mental health after he was observed by a surveillance team purchasing a gun and ammunition, but he quickly left the store leaving both along with his identification behind.
"He was placed in custody for a psyche observation; after which officers obtained a search warrant for the couple’s house. On Saturday night, officials uncovered possible evidence, including blood ‘in plain view,’ said Salazar.
"They also reportedly recovered a torn sales receipt for the ax, shovel, gasoline, burn barrel and trash bags, which authorities suspect “were implements that were going to be used to dispose of the body,” said the sheriff.
“There was quite a bit of effort that went into destroying that receipt to try to prevent us seeing where it was purchased and when it was purchased,” Salazar alleged. “That led us to obtain a warrant of arrest for Andre McDonald for the charge of tampering with evidence.”
Police say they first grew suspicious of Mr. McDonald when they attempted to interview him. His behavior was not at all what they expected from the husband of a missing woman. So red flags went up immediately.
“When officers attempted to question McDonald on Friday about his wife’s possible disappearance, he opted to exercise his right to remain silent and “lawyered up pretty quick,” Salazar said.
“Not the fact that he asserted his rights,” he said. “The fact that he didn’t seem to care very much at all that his wife was missing and the fact that he just flat out refused to help us find her.
McDonald has not yet been charged with his wife’s murder but remains the primary suspect. The investigation will continue. Until police have enough evidence to charge him.
For now, he remains in custody at Bexar County Jail on a 'Tampering With Evidence’ charge; bail has been set at two million dollars.
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