North Carolina man charged in murder of Food Network contestant Cristie Codd

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Man Charged In Murder Of Food Network Contestant

A North Carolina man has been charged with murder in the case of two missing people, including "Food Network Star" contestant Cristie Codd.

Codd and her husband Joseph "JT" Codd were reported missing on Sunday. Cristie Codd was reportedly five months pregnant with the couple's first child.

On Monday night, authorities were seen searching the home of 36-year-old Robert Jason Owens, who lived about half a mile from the Codds and was the couple's contractor. He was arrested the next day.

Owens is charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of murder of an unborn child. He was also charged with larceny after breaking and entering the Codds' home.

An arrest warrant stated Owens murdered the Codds March 12 - three days before they were reported missing.

Officials still haven't released information about the location or state of the Codds' remains.

Buncombe County Medical Examiner Dr. Sharon Sweede released the following statement to E! News:

"The Sheriff's Department has collected the remains suspected to be the two missing persons but that has not been confirmed yet. There has not been a positive identification of the remains. The process has started and is ongoing but I can't say how long it will take."

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