Search for pregnant former ‘Food Network Star’ contestant results in murder arrest

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Asheville, NC (WHNS) –The search for a missing former “Food Network Star” contestant and her husband has resulted in a murder arrest.

WHNS reports that Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and her husband Joseph “JT” Codd, 45, were reported missing by their family on Sunday.

Their vehicles were found at their residence along with their two dogs.

Cristie Codd was a competitor on season 8 of “Food Network Star” on the Food Network. Cristie Codd posted a photo of herself with her teammates from “Team Alton” on her Facebook page.

WHNS reports that on Monday night, their neighbor’s home was taped off and being searched. Early Tuesday morning, police said Robert Jason Owens had been charged with first degree murder, breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. He was also charged with the murder of an unborn child.

Family members said the couple was expecting a child later this year. Cristie Codd was five months pregnant, according to a friend near the search site.

A friend of the Codds said that JT worked as a key grip on Hollywood films and that Cristie provided catering services on film sets. The friend said the couple is sometimes away for months at a time.

A family member posted on Facebook that both Cristie and JT were scheduled to begin working on new movies on Sunday but neither made it to their destinations. The post stated that JT was scheduled to begin work in Los Angeles and that Cristie was due to begin work in Biloxi, MS.

The family member also said that the couple’s phones were not working and that their house “did not look normal.”

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