The husband of a missing St. Louis woman has been charged with murder in connection with her disappearance, following earlier charges of tampering with evidence.
As NBC News reports, Jennifer Rothwell, 28, has not been since November 12 when she left her home to go to work, but never showed up.
On Wednesday Rothwell’s husband Beau Rothwell was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in connection to Jennifer’s disappearance. According to a probable cause statement obtained by KMOV4, Rothwell was captured on surveillance footage on November 11 purchasing gloves and cleaning supplies, including bleach and carpet cleaner. Two days later, after authorities issued a search warrant for the Rothwell home, investigators found a carpet with patches of blood and areas wet with bleach.
Authorities in St. Louis announced on Wednesday that Jennifer’s disappearance was being treated as a homicide investigation. Earlier that same day, Rothwell posted a Facebook message pleading for help finding his missing wife.
KMOV is now reporting that Beau Rothwell was charged with second-degree murder on Friday.
The St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney’s office has not yet disclosed what led to the murder charge against Beau Rothwell, and authorities have not yet commented on a possible motive.
This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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