Employees of a missing Texas assisted-living business owner says the woman had a tumultuous—and possibly violent—relationship with her Air Force major husband, who remains jailed in connection with her disappearance.
Andreen McDonald, 29, was reported missing last Friday, and her husband, Andre McDonald, 40, was arrested for allegedly tearing up a receipt that showed he bought an ax, work gloves, and gasoline around the time of her disappearance. Since then, a woman who’s worked for Andreen since 2014 told the San Antonio Express-News that she’s witnessed multiple instances where the couple was arguing.
“We knew Andreen was not happy with the relationship with the husband anymore,” Weng Flores, who manages one of three homes owned by Andreen, said.
The newspaper also obtained documents stating that police were called to the McDonalds’ Eden home for family violence twice in 2017. While details surrounding those calls are unavailable, the family lived on the second floor while Andreen’s clients lived on the first. They reportedly moved to Timberwood Park later that same year.
The Eden residence is where Flores claimed she heard glass breaking as the couple argued, though she’s unsure if their fights ever turned physical. However, another manager at one of Andreen’s assisted living facilities alleged she reported to work with a suspicious injury days before she vanished.
“Last month, she had something like a scratch on her face and she said, ‘It’s Andre.’ Doing that to scratch her face,” Starlight Homes Assisted Living manager Judee Lorenzana told KABB.
Authorities have said it’s unlikely Andreen’s alive and the couple’s 6-year-old daughter—who has autism and is nonverbal—possibly witnessed her father kill her mother.
The Timberwood Park home is where two of Andreen’s friends found blood and hair before alerting cops last week, according to the Express-News. KENS reported that Andre’s believed to have purchased the items to dispose of Andreen’s body but wasn’t able to.
On Thursday, law enforcement and volunteer crews expanded their search to include U.S. Army Camp Bullis. Citing police, WBBM reported that Andre passed a military base checkpoint in the area around the time of his wife’s disappearance. They’re expected to reconvene a search there Saturday.
Andre, who reportedly isn’t cooperating with the ongoing investigation, is charged with tampering with evidence. He remains jailed in lieu of $2 million bond.
[Featured image: Andre and Andreen McDonald/Facebook]