Man charged with murder in Chambers County

Steven Wayne McDowell

On Saturday, August 26, the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a welfare concern for 37 year old Crystal Seratte McDowell, of west Chambers County. 

An immediate investigation began into the whereabouts of Crystal and throughout the two weeks of extensive investigation, several persons of interest were identified. 

Chambers County Sheriff’s Office detectives, along with the Texas Rangers, and Attorney General’s Office Investigators, worked essentially around the clock, and at 2:45 p.m. on Sept. 9, Crystal’s body was discovered by Chambers County Detectives and Texas Rangers in a wooded area of west Chambers County. An inquest was ordered by Justice of the Peace Precinct 6 Larry Cryer.

Steven Wayne McDowell, 44, has been arrested and charged with murder, a first degree felony. McDowell was booked in to the Chambers County Jail with bail to be set by a court of competent jurisdiction.

- Chambers County Sheriff’s Office