Blair Watts (L); Jennifer Brown (R)
A former friend and business partner of a missing Pennsylvania mother has been arrested for murder.
Blair Watts, 33, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with “first-degree murder, theft by unlawful taking and fraudulently entering a device,” Fox News reported.
“For 37 days since this devoted mother was reported missing, detectives have been gathering evidence, piece by piece, to uncover what happened to Jennifer and who killed her,” Steele said Thursday. “The footage shows that Blair Watts killed Jennifer Brown on January 3rd and then moved her body and eventually buried it in a shallow grave.”
Jennifer Brown was found in a shallow grave two weeks after she disappeared in January.
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Watts reported Brown missing on Jan. 4 and told police she was watching her 8-year-old son for a nap to “give Jennifer a break.”
Brown had not packed her son’s medication for sleep and the child’s teacher was unable to contact her, raising suspicions.
Jennifer Brown’s body was found in a shallow grave on January 18, and an autopsy determined the cause of death to be “homicide by unspecified means.”
Brown suffered broken ribs and died of asphyxiation, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said.
On January 3, two large cash transfers totaling $17,000 were made from Jennifer Brown’s computer to Watts’ account.
Authorities believe Brown was killed before the cash transfers on Jan. 3.
Fox News reported:
A former friend and business partner of slain Pennsylvania mother Jennifer Brown was arrested this week for her murder, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele announced.
Brown was originally reported missing from Watts on Jan. 4, telling police she failed to pick up her 8-year-old son from the school bus that afternoon.
Watts told investigators her son “put Brown to rest” at the Watts residence the night before on Jan. 3.
A two-week search ensued and Brown’s body was finally found on January 18, buried in a shallow grave behind a warehouse in Royersford. The medical examiner determined she had been murdered and had three broken ribs.
Before her death, Brown and Watts had planned to open a restaurant called “Birdie’s Kitchen” in Phoenixville in late January.
On Jan. 3, the last day investigators saw Brown, they found two cash transfers totaling $17,000 were sent from Brown to accounts controlled by Watts. That transfer “was not part of the written agreement between Brown and Watts,” the district attorney said.