BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) — A sheriff says a southeast Texas man accused of killing his ex-wife on the eve of Hurricane Harvey gave a tearful confession under questioning.

Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne told the Houston Chronicle though that they don’t yet know the motive in the slaying of Crystal McDowell, a 37-year-old mother of two. He tells the Baytown Sun that early indications show she was strangled, but the autopsy report is not yet back.

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The real estate agent’s body was found in a marshy wooded area Saturday, more than two weeks after her disappearance on Aug. 25, the day Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

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Steven McDowell has been charged with murder. The 44-year-old remained in jail Tuesday on $500,000 bond. Jail records didn’t show an attorney for him.

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