Husband of missing St. Louis County woman charged with tampering

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CLAYTON, Mo. – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged a 28-year-old man in connection with his wife’s disappearance. Beau Rothwell was charged Thursday with tampering with physical evidence – a class E felony. Rothwell is being held on a $100,000 bond. Rothwell’s wife, Jennifer Rothwell, 28, has been missing since early Tuesday morning. Police later discovered her 2011 Hyundai Sonata near Olive and Fee Fee roads, about two miles from the couple’s home. Rothwell was taken into custody Wednesday evening on suspicion of murder and tampering with evidence. According to the probable cause statement, Rothwell was seen on video purchasing cleaning products including bleach, carpet cleaner, and gloves on November 11, the day before his wife went missing. On November 13, detectives discovered a section of wet carpet inside the Rothwells’ home that had been soaked with bleach as well as blood in the carpeting and the underlying padding, “which is evidence associated with a crime of murder,” according to the probable cause. The probable cause goes on to say that Rothwell is a danger to the community and a flight risk because of the nature of the charges. Early Thursday (Nov. 14), police announced Jennifer’s disappearance had been re-classified to a homicide. They described it as a very active criminal investigation. Authorities responded to Robinwood West Park near the Rothwells’ home late Thursday afternoon as part of the continued search for Jennifer. According to Jennifer’s Facebook page, the couple has been married since 2015. The family is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to Jennifer.

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