A Texas mother of two was missing for more than two weeks before police found her body in her ex-husband’s garage — after previously telling reporters that he had been cooperative and there was no suggestion of foul play.
Anne-Christine Johnson, 30, requested a protective order against her estranged husband Shaun Hardy in June 2015, claiming in the request that he had assaulted, choked, and threatened her. “I am afraid that without this protective order, Shaun Philip Hardy will continue to hurt me or even kill me in the future,” Johnson reportedly said in her request.
But Hardy quickly countered with a protective order request against Johnson, claiming she had engaged in behavior that “constitutes family violence.” The Galveston, Texas, court granted both requests but cancelled them a month later. Johnson and Hardy have a five-year-old son with autism, and Hardy had primary custody while Johnson was granted visitation rights. Johnson had an older child from a previous relationship, who lives with his father.
Breaking: First Degree Murder charges filed against Shaun Philip Hardy in the death of his ex-wife Anne-Christine Johnson. #khou11 pic.twitter.com/oKcjb6mRHK
— The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) January 1, 2017
Johnson was last seen on December 8 leaving Hardy’s League City, Texas, home. Hardy initially told police that Johnson left in her car with an unknown male. Earlier in the search for Johnson, League City Police told local media that Hardy was not being viewed as a suspect, and said he had allowed them to search his home.
But during the course of the investigation, something changed. On Friday, after detectives and volunteers had for weeks been searching the remote wooded areas neighboring League City, police executed a search warrant of Hardy’s home and found Johnson’s remains in a plastic cover in his garage. Hardy has been charged with murder and tampering of evidence and is being held on Galveston County Jail on $500,000 bail.
Missing 12/8: 30 year old Anne-Christine Johnson of League City Texas. If you have any information, contact League City Police Dept. pic.twitter.com/qkFtzuAt0p
— FIND ANNE-CHRISTINE (@FindACJ) December 28, 2016
Johnson’s mother, Stephanie Johnson, told reporters last week that her daughter feared Hardy would one day kill her. After the domestic dispute in 2015, Ms. Johnson launched a crowdfunding campaign — featuring photos of her bruised and battered daughter — to raise money for legal action against Hardy. The campaign raised $790, and Ms. Johnson reportedly deleted the campaign page after her daughter’s disappearance.