Sheriff: Suspect in wife’s disappearance visited San Antonio military camp within hours after she went missing
An Air Force Reserve officer suspected in his wife’s disappearance may have visited a San Antonio military training base within hours after she went missing, according to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.
Salazar said at a news conference Thursday at Eisenhower Park that the search for Andreen McDonald has shifted to Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, based on information developed within the past couple of days about where Air Force Reserve Maj. Andre McDonald may have gone shortly after his wife disappeared.
She was last seen alive Feb. 28 and reported missing the next day. She is feared dead based on evidence found at her Timberwood Park-area home. Andre McDonald is being held in jail on a charge of tampering with evidence for allegedly trying to destroy receipts of items that investigators believe he was going to use to dispose of her body.
“We have information that the suspect, very early on in the investigation, or even before the investigation began, that he was in this area or on base, and he had no official business here,” Salazar said. “That is why we are concentrating on this area.”
Before the media briefing, Rick de Castro, who is coordinating the overall search for Texas Search and Rescue, told a group of trained search and rescue members that “we have intelligence her body may have been dumped here.”
More than 300 searchers, about 200 of them volunteers, joined Thursday’s search as members of the Air Force’s 502nd Security Forces helped guide them through the 27,990-acre base where various branches of the military train.
Among them was one of Andreen McDonald’s aunts, Cheryl Spencer, a professor at City University of New York, who flew in to San Antonio overnight.
Spencer thanked everyone — from authorities investigating her niece’s disappearance to the military to volunteers to the media.
“The people of San Antonio have been exemplary,” Spencer said. “Our hearts are low to the ground, but we are trying to keep our heads up. We’re not blind. We’re hopeful (she’s alive). We refuse to speak of her in the past.”
She said her family, which is “literally spread out across the world, in Canada, Jamaica. West Indies and just about every (U.S.) state,” is waiting for word of where Andreen McDonald might be.
“The unknown is just crazy, but we just want to find her,” Spencer said.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned.
Guillermo Contreras covers federal courts in San Antonio and international legal issues. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | email@example.com | Twitter: @gmaninfedland