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Ex-husband charged with murder after police found real estate agent’s dead body in Texas

After three days of Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Crystal's car was discovered in the parking lot of a Motel 6, the flooded parking lot is just 7 miles away from her residence. 

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A real estate agent of Houston went disappeared when the Hurricane Harvey hit the area and flooded several areas of Houston. His body has been found, the police charged his ex-husband with murder.

On Saturday, Chambers County Sheriff’s Office announced that body of Crystal McDowell who was a real estate agent has been discovered by the authorities, the dead body was found in western Chambers County in a wooded area.

Ex-husband charged with murder after police found real estate agent's dead body in Texas

Crystal McDowell’s 44-year-old former husband Steven McDowell has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, according to the police.

In a statement, Crystal McDowell’s boyfriend, Paul Hargrave, told ABC News, “Tragedy struck into the hearts of friends and family across the nation.”

“Our worst fears became a sad unwanted reality. Crystal has passed. However Crystal’s spirit will continue to grow and thrive through her children and those that knew her best. She will be missed deeply.”

37-year-old Crystal McDowell was a mother of two children, 5 and 8-year-old, she was last seen in a surveillance video clip in which she was walking through her boyfriend’s home, she was getting into her black Mercedes Benz sedan car and then parked the car in the driveway.

Crystal’s boyfriend, Hargrave said that she went to her former husband’s home to pick up her children on August 25, his house is just 12 minutes away.

On the very next day, Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston. After three days, Crystal’s car was discovered in the parking lot of a Motel 6, the flooded parking lot is just 7 miles away from her residence.

According to the police, her Mercedes was unlocked when they found it and the car’s keys were in the console while Crystal wasn’t there.

Crystal and her former husband finalized their divorced in June, the two shared the custody of their children. Hargrave revealed that Crystal and her ex-husband used to argue frequently.

Before the authorities discovered Crystal’s body, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne told ABC News that according to the authorities, Harvey was “not the reason Crystal McDowell missing.”

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