The husband of a missing San Antonio, Texas woman now faces a
charge of murder, arrested Saturday afternoon after authorities
confirmed they'd found the remains of his wife, Andreen McDonald.
The Bexar County Sheriff's Office arrested Andre McDonald, 40,
just two days after authorities found a human skull and bones Thursday
Sheriff Javier Salazar said the remains belonged to Andreen, 29, who was last seen February 28.
During a news conference Saturday afternoon, the sheriff said a
man looking for cow bones discovered Andreen's skull on a 50-acre
property near Bulverde.
According to McDonald's arrest warrant affidavit, investigators
noticed the human remains appeared to have been covered with wood and
bones from a nearby deceased cow and set on fire.
At the time of his arrest for murder, Andre McDonald was out on
bond for an evidence tampering charge related to the case. The Air
Force major was initially arrested March 3 after officials said they
found an ax, shovel, hatchet, gloves, and plastic bags in the back of
McDonald's Porsche parked at the family home on Solitude Cove.
Authorities believe Andre purchased the items with the intent
of disposing of a body, adding that he destroyed the receipts for the
purchased items, which also included heavy duty trash bags and two
five-gallon gas cans. Investigators said they also found a fire pit that
was not present during a previous search, which appeared to have been
recently used to destroy papers and other items.
According to the warrant, detectives eventually discovered blue
jeans with human blood on them in a laundry room, as well as a claw
hammer that had human blood on the face and handle in a trash can. The
blood was later identified as belonging to Andreen McDonald, the
According to Salazar, Andre refused to help search for his wife
and didn't seem to care about her disappearance when they questioned
him, but it wasn't until the discovery of Andreen's body that
investigators could move forward with arresting Andre on a murder