After police discovered blood-stained carpeting soaked with bleach in the house, a Missouri man has been charged with the murder of his missing wife.
28-year-old Jennifer Rothwell was listed missing by her husband, Beau, also 28, last Tuesday night — a day before his capture on a charge of tampering with physical evidence.
Prosecutors in St. Louis County added the charge of second-degree murder on Friday. DNA samples from the missing woman’s parents matched with blood located at the house, where Beau Rothwell is claimed to have murdered his wife on Monday.
In 2015, the two married. A research of the Rothwell house on Wednesday turned up wet carpeting that was soaked in bleach, tell the police.
Authorities claim that both the carpeting and the padding underneath it were stained with blood.
According to the charging records, Beau supposedly bought and used cleaning products to a large area of blood in an attempt to destroy or remove physical evidence with the goal to impair its availability in an investigation into the murder of Jennifer Rothwell.”
A reason for the presumed killing is not clear.
He had been kept in St. Louis County prison on a $100,000 bond on the charge of evidence tampering. But after the additional murder charge was registered, his bond was revoked by a judge, and he will remain in custody as the case proceeds.