Air Force Major Andre McDonald is a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Andreen Nicole, 29, who authorities believe is dead and was charged Sunday in connection with the case.

McDonald, 40, was booked on a charge of tampering with evidence because he had torn up a receipt for the purchase of a shovel, an ax, gasoline and other material that investigators believe he intended to use to dispose of her body.

“I love my daughter. I love y family. That’s it,” said McDonald as he was led away by deputies Sunday afternoon at the Bexar County Justice Intake Center.

Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputies already had detained him Saturday for a mental evaluation by the Air Force. Until Sunday afternoon they had refrained from calling McDonald a suspect, though they said there were indications a homicide had occurred and that he was not cooperating with the search.

After developing further information at the McDonald residence Saturday night, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said a second search warrant for the house was obtained.

“We found some things really quite disturbing,” Salazar said. “The evidence consisted of a shovel, an ax, some heavy duty trash bags, some work gloves, and two 5-gallon containers of gasoline.” He said they also found a portable burn barrel.

Salazar said the items found in the home led investigators to believe that the implements were going to be used to dispose of a body.

“We believe that Andreen McDonald is no longer living,” Salazar said.

Andreen McDonald, a local business owner, was reported missing Friday by friends who say she never showed up at the gym or work.

Salazar told reporters Saturday morning that it was a missing person case marked by “very suspicious circumstances.”

“There is literally no sign of her anywhere,” and her husband had declined to speak to deputies who initially questioned him Friday, asserting his rights and retaining an attorney, Salazar said.

A receipt later discovered in McDonald’s home by investigators showed that the items found there had been purchased earlier Saturday, according to Salazar.

“There was quite a bit of effort that went into destroying that receipt to try to prevent us seeing where it was purchased and when it was purchased,” Salazar said. “That led us to obtain a warrant of arrest for Andre McDonald for the charge of tampering with evidence.”

This breaking news story will be updated as information becomes available.

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