Former Food Network contestant, husband found murdered

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – A man was arrested after officials in Buncombe County say he killed a couple and their unborn child.

Robert Jason Owens, 36, faces charges including murder, breaking and entering, larceny and free text felony from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators say Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and Joseph “JT” Codd, 45 were reported missing by family members on Sunday. Owens was arrested on Monday.

The couple, who both had ties to Hollywood, lived on Hookers Gap Road in Leicester. Family and friends say the pair was supposed to be leaving from their home to go on two separate business trips over the weekend.

Cristie was a contestant on Season 8 of the Next Food Network Star and provides catering services on film sets. Joseph worked behind the scenes on TV and movie sets.

Neither showed up to work and were eventually reported missing.

When deputies showed up to their home to investigate, they found both of their vehicles in the driveway and their two dogs at the home.

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