Houston, TX-Air Force Major Andre McDonald has been charged with the disappearance of his wife, Andreen Nicole McDonald, 29, who authorities believe is dead and was charged Sunday in connection with the case.
McDonald was charged with tampering with evidence, because police say he tore up a received for the purchase of a shovel, and ax, gasoline, and other material that investigators believe he intended to use to dispose of her body.
"I love my daughter. I love my family. That's it," said McDonald as he was led away by deputies Sunday afternoon at the Bexar County Justice Intake Center. After developing further information at the McDonald residence Saturday night, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said a second search warrant for the house was obtained.
"We found some things really quite disturbing," Salazar said. "The evidence consisted of a shovel, an ax, some heavy duty trash bags, some work gloves, and two 5-gallon containers of gasoline." He said they also found a portable burn barrel. "We believe that Andreen McDonald is no longer living," Salazar said.
Andreen McDonald, a local business owner, was reported missing Friday by friends who say she never showed up at the gym or work.
A receipt later discovered in McDonald's home by investigators showed that the items found there had been purchased earlier Saturday, according to Salazar. "There was quite a bit of effort that went into destroying that receipt to try to prevent us seeing where it was purchased and when it was purchased," Salazar said. "That led us to obtain a warrant of arrest for Andre McDonald for the charge of tampering with evidence."