JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - WFAA in Dallas, TX, is reporting the woman from Pascagoula who moved to Richardson, TX, in December is dead, and her apparent boyfriend is behind bars charged with her murder.
An official with the Richardson Police Department Jail confirmed Jason Lowe is being held there, and he is charged with murder and possession of a controlled substance.
Lowe is the apparent boyfriend of Jessie Bardwell, 27.
Sgt. Kevin Perlich, with the Richardson Police Department, said Lowe was first arrested Thursday on the drug charged, and he was charged with murder on Friday.
"There is no body or anything like that that we have. The charge is based on evidence recovered during investigation that leads investigators to believe that foul play has taken place," said Perlich.
Bardwell's step-mother, Gina Capley, said Bardwell's father, Gary Bardwell, became concerned after he heard from Bardwell's mother on Mother's Day. Bardwell did not call her mother on Mother's Day, and that raised suspicions, because Bardwell has always been very close with her family, according to Capley.
Capley said Gary called police in Richardson to perform a welfare check at Bardwell's apartment. After three tries and still no contact with the woman, Capley and Gary decided to make the drive west.
Capley said a missing person report was filed with Richardson police Monday. Other details in the case are unclear at this time.
Lowe is being held without bond on the murder charge and on a $3,000 bond for the possession of a controlled substance charge.