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Body of Missing Houston Mother Found

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Police have found the body of a 31-year-old Houston mother after her ex-boyfriend gave a statement implicating himself in her death, according to police.

The body of Michelle Warner, 31, was found Sunday more than 500 miles away in Odessa, Texas, according to ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV. Mark Castellano gave police information Sunday that led to the discovery of Warner's body. Warner and Castellano have a 3-year-old son named Cayden.

Police said murder charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing, according to KTRK.

Warner was last seen the night of Sept. 22 at her apartment complex in Houston where she lived with Castellano and Cayden. She disappeared the same night Castellano took the boy more than eight hours away to be with relatives. After Warner went missing, Castellano told authorities that he and Cayden headed to Odessa after the argument and Warner stormed out of their apartment, which he rented, officials said.

Stefanie Helton, who has been Warner's best friend for more than 20 years, said the relationship between Warner, who had been working as a paralegal, and Castellano has "never been a good situation." Helton said the couple were "barely dating at the time" Warner became pregnant in 2008, and that Castellano had "psychotic spells."

"He had episodes, he tried suicide ...," she said. "He's done other crazy things. Nothing extra-violent; he'd push her up against the wall, that type of thing. He's threatened her."

Helton said that a family member of Warner's told her that Castellano said that they'd gotten into argument Sept. 22, and that he got mad and threw a pet cat against a wall. The family member told Helton that Castellano said Warner then became irate and hit him, before leaving the apartment.

Helton said bleach stains leading from the bedroom, through the living room and out front door were found in the apartment, although Officer Danny Do of the Houston Police Department said that could not be verified.

When police visited the apartment, Do said, they did notice that Warner's computer's central processing unit was missing.

Officer Do said Castellano told police that he had taken the CPU of the computer so he could get some information from it.

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Missing Utah Mom's Husband Kills Self, Kids in Explosion

KOMO/ABC News(SEATTLE) -- Josh Powell, the husband of missing Utah mother Susan Powell, set off an explosion at his Washington home Sunday that killed himself and his two sons, who were there for a supervised visit, police said.

"We believe that he killed his kids and himself," Pierce County, Wash., Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. Ed Troyer said.

Graham, Wash., Deputy Chief Gary Franz told ABC News that a Child Protective Services (CPS) worker had just dropped off Powell's two sons at the house for a supervised visit.  Powell took his two sons inside the house and then locked the CPS worker out.

"The children were just right in front of her as she was walking up to the door," Child Protective Services spokeswoman Sherry Hill said.  "They went into the house and Josh shut the door right in front of her and locked it."

The CPS worker smelled gas, stepped away and the house exploded.  The case worker was not physically harmed.

"He grabbed the kids, locked her out of the house, and immediately the house went up in flames, very quickly, very big, so we believe that Josh Powell intentionally set this fire," Troyer said.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and found the three bodies.  Police are awaiting verification from the Medical Examiner's Office, but said they believe the bodies are those of Josh Powell and his two sons.

Troyer told ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle that emails Powell sent to authorities seemed to confirm that Powell planned the explosion.  Troyer did not elaborate on the contents of the emails.

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Josh Powell was the only named person of interest in Susan Powell's 2009 disappearance, but he had not been charged. The couple's two sons were placed in custody of Susan Powell's parents in 2011 after Josh Powell's father, Steve Powell, was arrested on charges of voyeurism and child pornography.

At a hearing Wednesday, a statement from the West Valley City, Utah, police noted that information and images were found on Josh Powell's computer that, "specifically related to their children's welfare," according to ABC News affiliate KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City.

The police did not specify what the information was, but Judge Kathryn J. Nelson ruled that because of that information, Josh Powell would not be allowed to have his children back until he submitted to a psychosexual evaluation and a polygraph test, the report said.

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Susan Powell’s Father: Remains Discovery ‘Doesn’t Get Our Hopes Up’

Comstock/Thinkstock(WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah) -- The father of missing Utah mother Susan Powell responded to the news that police have found remains in the desert which are “almost certainly human” by saying that it “doesn’t get our hopes up.”

Charles Cox said Wednesday that although investigators finding Powell alive would be ideal, the discovery of her body would at least bring some closure as to what happened to her.  It is not yet known whether the remains discovered by police in the Utah desert belong to Powell, the mother of two from West Valley City, Utah.

“I’d rather they find her alive.  But if they find her body then at least we know she’s not with us anymore,” Cox said, adding that Wednesday’s discovery of human remains “doesn’t get our hopes up a lot.”

“At the same time, it could be the break.  We live that every day.  Every phone call we get could be the one that tells us we’ve found Susan,” he said.

Cadaver dogs that had been combing the fields around Topaz Mountain, near Delta, Utah, found the remains Wednesday, according to the report.

“It’s an area that they were looking at,” Cox said.  “They wanted to search that area because it’s well-known for finding gems and things.  We know that they had gone out and looked for gems at one time as a family.  So, it’s just an area that they wanted to search.”

Police said the remains are almost certainly human, not animal, though gender or how long they have been there could not yet be determined, the report said.  A medical examiner has been brought to the scene, police told ABC News Salt Lake City affiliate ABC4.

Speaking from his home in Washington, Cox expressed some doubt that the remains are his daughter.

“Too many times, people go out there with Cadaver dogs along those roads out there.  So, it could be a pioneer, it could be who knows -- anybody out there,” Cox said.

Powell disappeared in December 2009, while her husband, Josh Powell, allegedly took their children camping at midnight in a snow and rain storm.  The campsite he told police he went to is 30 miles away from the desert where the remains were found.

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Missing Ohio Mom Found Dead in Church Septic Tank

Comstock/Thinkstock(NELSONVILLE, Ohio) -- The missing mom from Logan, Ohio, Summer Inman, was found dead Tuesday night -- her body located by police in a septic tank behind a church.

"It would appear that she was killed very quickly...the evening of the crime," said Logan Police Chief Aaron Miller at a press conference.

Inman, a 25-year-old mother of three, disappeared last Tuesday after leaving work as a janitor at a bank.

Police arrested Inman's estranged husband and his parents last Thursday in connection with her disappearance. Summer Inman's estranged husband, William Inman II, and his parents, William and Sandra Inman, were to be arraigned on felony kidnapping charges.

None of the Inmans had been willing to cooperate with police, but authorities caught a break Tuesday when Sandra Inman said she knew the location of the body.

Police found the body after opening six screws on a steel lid sealing a septic tank behind Faith Tabernacle Church in Nelsonville, Ohio, over 20 miles from where Summer was last seen alive.

Witnesses saw two men forcing Summer Inman into a car driven by a blonde woman at around 11 p.m. on March 22, police said.

The next day, Summer Inman's estranged husband was seen taking his white Ford Crown Victoria to a car wash at 7:30 a.m. A few hours later, the family got new tires for the car.

Summer and William Inman had been going through a nasty divorce. Summer Inman filed for divorce in June of last year. She claimed in a sworn affidavit that her husband had threatened to kill her, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

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