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Identity of murdered West County woman confirmed

The body of Creve Coeur resident Jennifer Rothwell, 28, was positively identified on Nov. 20, capping a dramatic week following her disappearance on Nov. 12. Rothwell’s husband, Beau, is currently charged with second-degree murder and evidence tampering after helping authorities to locate her body in a remote area near Troy, Missouri on Nov. 18.

Beau Rothwell had reported his wife missing after she failed to report to her job as a process engineer at MECS, Inc. Her car was later found near the intersection of Olive and Fee Fee roads in Creve Coeur.

After obtaining a search warrant for the couple’s home on Northwinds Drive, police found wet carpet soaked with bleach and large areas of blood. Beau Rothwell also was seen on surveillance video purchasing bleach, carpet cleaner and gloves, according to a probable cause statement. Jennifer Rothwell’s disappearance was reclassified as a homicide investigation on Nov. 14.

Beau and Jennifer Rothwell both received chemical engineering degrees in 2013 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where they met. The couple married in 2015 in St. Louis County.

Police have not disclosed a potential motive for the killing as of press time. Beau Rothwell is being held without bond.

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