Heidi Broussard, 33, had last been seen dropping off her 6-year-old son at school on Thursday, Dec. 12, in Austin, Texas

By Benjamin VanHoose
December 20, 2019 08:49 AM
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Heidi Broussard and her infant daughter, Margot Carey
Credit: Austin Police Department

Heidi Broussard, the 33-year-old Texas mother who has been missing for one week along with her newborn baby, was found dead on Thursday, multiple outlets report.

A body was discovered inside a car trunk in Jersey Village, Texas, while a baby believed to be the now-3-week-old daughter, Margo Carey, was found alive in a nearby house, Heidi’s mom, Tammy Broussard, told NBC News.

The car in which the body was found is registered to a close friend of Broussard’s, police sources told ABC affiliate KEYE, and at least one person has been taken into custody by police. The baby has been placed in Child Protective Services custody, and the body is currently with a medical examiner, the local news outlet reports.

A press release from the Austin Police Department states that testing is underway to determine if the baby is Margo Carey, and that an autopsy will determine the identity of the deceased female.

The person taken into custody has been charged with kidnapping and one count of tampering with a corpse, the release states.

Heidi and her infant were last seen dropping her 6-year-old son off at Cowan Elementary School in Austin on Thursday, Dec. 12. The woman’s fiancé, Shane Carey, reported her missing.

Speaking to KTBC earlier this week, Shane said having his loved ones missing was the “worst feeling in the world,” and he called the circumstances surrounding their disappearance “weird.”

“Not knowing what to do is the hardest part. I don’t know where she’s at, I don’t know if she is suffering. I just want to do more,” he said at the time. “It feels like we could do more.”

Carey told the news station that he last spoke to his fiancée that morning, shortly after 8 a.m. According to Carey, he returned home around 2 p.m. after working all morning and found Broussard’s car in the driveway — her purse was still in the car.

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Carey said he went inside, found the baby’s car seat and Broussard’s keys, and thought nothing of it at first, believing she was at a friend’s house nearby.

But as hours passed and he was still unable to reach Broussard by phone, Carey said he called all her friends, who also hadn’t heard from her. That’s when he called 911.

Austin police established a tip line for the case. Those with information relevant to the investigation should call 512-974-5100.