Food Network Star contestant Cristie Shoen Codd and her husband were found murdered near their Leicester, North Carolina, home this past Sunday.
According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Buncome County Sheriff's department said the couple were reported missing by family members on Sunday and deputies were dispatched to their home. They found vehicles and the Codd's dogs were alone inside the house. The Sheriff's office later found the bodies of Shoen Codd and her husband, but would not comment on where they were found or how they died.
Robert Jason Owens has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths Codd and her husband, Joseph "J.T." Codd. Owens was also charged with the murder of an unborn child. Cristie Codd was five months pregnant with her first child at the time of her death.
Owens, also a resident of the same town in North Carolina, had done some construction work on the Codds' home, according to the Buncome County Sheriff. Owens has a record and may be involved in the disappearance of Zebb Quinn, an Asheville resident who disappeared in 2000 when he was 18 years old.
Cristie Shoen Codd was an avid fisherwoman and hunter who competed on the eighth season of Food Network's Food Network Star in 2012. The 38-year-old's audition tape for the show has her hosting a fictional show called Catch, Clean, Cook. In a Food Network bio, Cristie describes herself as outgoing, adventurous, and athletic and said her cooking style was fresh, organic, delicious, and healthy.
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A member of Alton Brown's team, Cristie was sent home during the Restaurant: Impossible challenge for making a bland bean puree, with mentor Brown saying that he wasn't surprised by her early departure. The attractive and personable blonde also worked as a stunt performer on several big-budget movies including the upcoming Terminator 5: Genisys and did catering work on movie sets. Her husband, Joseph, worked as a grip on the HBO series Carnivale.
A Food Network spokesperson told US Weekly that, "Our thoughts go out to Cristie's family and friends during this difficult time." Fox News 8 reports that the couple were both on their way to separate movie projects, but went missing before they reached their destinations.