Pregnant 'Food Network Star' Contestant and Husband Murdered, Suspect Arrested
Cristie Schoen Codd appeared on the cooking-competition show in 2012 and was a stunt performer in this summer's 'Terminator Genisys.'
A North Carolina man has been charged with the deaths of a pregnant Food Network Star contestant and her husband, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Robert Jason Owens, 36, has been arrested for the murders of Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and husband Joseph Codd, 45, according to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office. All three are residents of Leicester, N.C.
The suspect has been charged with two counts of felony first-degree murder, one felony count of breaking or entering, larceny after breaking and entering and free text felony. He currently is in custody at the Buncombe County Detention Facility.
The couple had been reported missing by family on Sunday. Deputies responded and found the couple's vehicles and pets at their home.
Cristie, who competed on the eighth season of the Food Network cooking show Food Network Star in 2012, was five months pregnant with her first child at the time of her disappearance.
Cristie also worked as a stunt performer on several projects, including the upcoming Terminator Genisys and the Kate Bosworth horror film Before I Wake. Joseph was a Hollywood grip who had worked on the HBO series Carnivale.
A Food Network representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A video that was posted to YouTube in 2010 of Cristie demonstrating her cooking skills can be seen below. Also below is a video of promos advertising Food Network Star season eight.