Monday, March 16, 2015

Former 'Food Network Star' Contestant Cristie Schoen Is Missing - UPDATED

Photo - Food Network
Cristie Schoen Codd, who was on season 8 of Food Network Star, and her husband Joseph "JT" Codd have been reported missing in North Carolina.  They were both reported missing by family members on Sunday, March 15, according to the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office.  Sheriff Deputies went to their home and found their vehicles still there, and their dogs inside, but no signs of the couple.

Authorities have been searching the area around their home and helicopters have been hovering overhead.  The search for the couple is ongoing.  Cristie is five months pregnant and was scheduled to work in Biloxi, MS on Sunday, but never showed up.  Joseph was schedule to work in Los Angeles on Sunday and didn't show up either.  Neither of their phones appear to be working either.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office at (828) 250-6670 or Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5550.

You may remember Cristie from season 8 of Food Network Star, but she was the first contestant eliminated.  She was on Team Alton, and her culinary POV was "Healthy and Delicious." 

Hopefully they are found safe, and I will keep you updated with any new information on this story. 

(Fox Carolina)

UPDATE 3/16/2015 11pm - There may be an arrest in the case - a man that knew the couple.  Police have cordoned off Cristie and Todd's home with crime tape and another crime scene was set up down the street at a neighbor's house. No word on Todd and Cristie yet. (Link)

UPDATE 3/17/2015 8am - Sadly, this didn't end well.  The man arrested was neighbor Robert Jason Owens, and he is being charged with two counts of murder.  He has also been charged with breaking and entering, larceny, free text felony, and felonious murder of an unborn child.  Police say the murders happened on Thursday.  According to neighbors, he worked with the Codd's and lives less than a mile from their house.  Authorities haven't released details if the bodies have been found. (Link, Link).  The man arrested was also a suspect in a murder that happened in the year 2000.

UPDATE 3/20/2015 - The police will be holding a press conference today at 2pm to release more details on the case.  I will post an update with the additional details.

Here are the additional details released during the press conference.


  1. Oh my gosh. That does not sound good. I hope they're found safe and sound.

  2. Me too. How scary!

  3. Oh no. The latest update doesn't sound good at all. Their poor families have to be going crazy with worry. Thanks for the update on the possible arrest of someone that knew them, Matt.

  4. Praying for their safe return.

  5. they could prob ably get him with 3 counts since she wa pregnant... scumbag!

  6. I agree. Prosecute to the full extent of the law. I hope they find their bodies soon so that their families can lay them to rest. Maybe this scumbag will do the right thing and tell police where they are.

  7. Sad to hear this.... I've just read that a contestant from "The Voice" is also reported missing. Not quite sure what's happening here.

  8. Quote:
    He has also been charged with breaking and entering, larceny, free text felony, and felonious murder of an unborn child.

    What's "free text felony"? Guessing its an autocorrect mistake but...

  9. According to:

    Freetext: Handwritten information next to the record that did not transfer over to the database. This does not affect the actual record.

  10. dwight mannsburdenMarch 18, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    great googly moogly.

  11. The following two incidents are what turned me off to PD and showed me her true character: She admitted that she did not test all of the recipes in her cookbooks.....and..... On a show she said she was making a recipe that came to her in a dream, mini cheesecakes made in a cupcake pan with a vanilla wafer in the bottom for the crust. Hello PD!!! I have been making them for years.

  12. they just found the bodies. This is near me :( I also watched her.

  13. Guessing that there won't be a whole lot of African-Americans downloading this!

  14. If you fail a level, she squeezes off a racial epithet!