Air Force Major arrested over wife's disappearance after police found he bought an ax and burn barrel
The Bexar County Sheriff’s office said that the 29-year-old Andreen McDonald was reported missing when she did not show up for work at an assisted living facility on March 1
An Air Force major in Texas has been arrested on charges of evidence tampering after he interfered in the investigation of his wife's disappearance, according to reports.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s office said that the 29-year-old Andreen McDonald was reported missing when she did not show up for work at an assisted living facility on March 1st. A search operation was launched by investigators who executed a search warrant on her home and found a shovel, an ax, drums of gasoline, work gloves, and a "burn barrel."
Reports state that Andreen's husband, Andre, who works for the United States Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base, was attempting to destroy the receipt for the items bought, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Sheriff Javier Salazar said that the probe was eventually changed into a missing person's case because of "troubling circumstances." The sheriff said that Andreen friends reported her missing as they grew concerned after she did not show up at the gym or her job. Her husband reportedly did not tell her friends much about his wife's whereabouts either.
According to an affidavit obtained by My San Antonio, a friend of Andreen had reportedly told her multiple times that if she ever went missing, it would be because her husband killed her. The authorities reportedly have Andreen's purse, wallet, keys and all her forms of identification in their possession, except her passport.
Andre, as he was led away at the Bexar County Justice Intake Center, told deputies: "I love my daughter. I love my family. That’s it." The couple has a six-year-old daughter with autism, and she is currently in a relative's custody.
The sheriff said that authorities have found new blood evidence at the couple's home and they are currently looking into it. The FBI and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations are also reportedly assisting the local authorities with the investigation.
"We believe that Andreen McDonald is no longer living,” Salazar said.
Reports state that the deputies have launched a search in the nearby wooded areas in north Bexar County for Andreen's body.