A North Carolina man accused of killing a reality television star was discovered to have human remains in his wood stove, according to news reports.
Investigators removed 11 knives, a saw blade and “debris” from a wood stove and the yards of two homes owned by Robert Jason Owens near Asheville, N.C., according to the Associated Press.
Authorities are waiting on the results of a forensic analysis to determine whether the remains found on Owens’ property belong to Cristie Schoen Codd, 38 or her husband, Joseph Codd, 45, Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan told CNN.
Owens, who has been accused of killing the couple, as well as their unborn child, faces two counts of first-degree murder and the murder of an unborn child, according to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.
Also a suspect in a 2000 cold case slaying in western North Carolina, Owens was hired as a contractor to do work on the Codds’ home in Leicester, N.C. He is accused of breaking into the couple’s house, stealing a laptop, jewelry and a handgun, and killing the couple, the AshevilleCitizen-Times reported, citing warrants. A motive has not been determined.
Owens was arrested after deputies found out he’d disposed of Joseph Codd’s belongings after the couple was reported missing, according to the AP.
“They (caller) identified that someone had come out and very suspiciously had left things in a Dumpster,” Duncan told CNN. “We responded and were able to locate items that we knew belonged to Cristie Schoen Codd.”
When authorities stopped by Owens’ residence, Duncan told Fox affiliate WHNS that “there were probably some things that weren’t quite as they should be.”
“He did admit to taking the bodies, storing on his property and destroying them,” Duncan told the station.
Cristie Codd competed in 2012 on “Food Network Star,” a reality TV series on the Food Network. According to her Food Network bio, she grew up in Mississippi, “cooking Cajun cuisine with her dad and family from New Orleans.”
In addition: “Cristie attended Louisiana State University and studied abroad in Germany, where she discovered an appreciation for European food and cooking techniques. She later moved to Los Angeles and unexpectedly found success in the movie catering business, where she created and prepared food for a variety of different tastes. Cristie aspires to own an aquaponics farm and a farm-to-table cafe that serves locally grown, nutritious and delicious cuisine.”
She provided catering services on major movie sets, including “Get on Up,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “Bad News Bears.” She has also had minor acting roles, playing a flight attendant in “Get on Up” and a saxophone player in “Mona Lisa Smile.” Joseph Codd was a grip on TV and movie sets.