A body believed to belong to St. Louis County woman Jennifer Rothwell was found in Troy on Nov. 18, following a six-hour search near Highway 61 and Highway KK.
St. Louis County Police, in the form of detectives, the Special Response Unit and the Metro Air Support Unit, were in the area intending to locate Jennifer, said St. Louis County Police Sergeant Benjamin Granda.
“The defendant [Beau Rothwell], through his attorney, indicated that this was the appropriate area to do so,” Granda said in an email Nov. 18.
The body of a white, adult female was discovered around 11:15 p.m., and a press release from the St. Louis County Police said that “detectives from the Crime Scene Unit, professionals from the St. Louis County Police Department’s Crime Laboratory, and the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene to conduct their investigations.
“Mr. Wesley Bell, St. Louis County Prosecutor, and members of his staff responded to the area as well,” the release stated. “The investigation continues to be very active at this time and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”
Jennifer was reported missing by her husband, Beau Rothwell, on Nov. 12.
It was originally announced as a missing person, however on Nov. 14 police re-classified the investigation as a homicide. Beau, 28, was arrested a day after he reported Jennifer missing, and was charged with murder in the second degree on Friday, Nov. 15. The search for Jennifer was ongoing through the entire chain of events.
Police believe the body found in the evening on Nov. 18 to be that of Jennifer.
“We thank the public for all of their tips and assistance and hope this brings some closure to the Jennifer's family,” St. Louis County Police stated in a release.