A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!
Police uncovered their suspect in Jayme Austin’s disappearance closer to home than anyone would have expected. Last night Patrick Horath – Austin’s brother-in-law of almost 14 years – was arrested and charged with her murder.
Yesterday Horath was brought into the Sheriff’s office at about 8:30am, by 6pm “he had more or less confessed” to killing the 31-year-old mother of two, according to his wife Alyssa Horath, also the sister of Jayme Austin.
“I’m numb. I’m angry,” said Horath, but she is trying to stay strong for her 13 and 10 year old children.
At about 8am on Monday, November 9 Jayme Austin called her mother to use her shower. Her hot water was not working. She also called her job to let them know she’d be late. By noon Jayme’s job called her mother out of concern because Jayme still had not shown up to work. It was out of character for Jayme. When Jayme’s mother arrived home she found her car in the driveway but Jayme was nowhere to be seen inside or outside the home. The Coos County District Attorney believes Jayme made it inside the home.
Details released yesterday indicate signs of a struggle and clean up in the bathroom where Jayme would have been taking a shower. A favorite puka shell necklace had been broken and the pieces found inside the vacuum canister. The throw rug was folded on the counter and towels were still tumbling in the dryer.
According to Horath there were no signs that pointed to this arrest. There were no problems in their marriage and no recent issues that Patrick Horath had with Austin. Why Horath was allegedly at his mother-in-law’s house that morning is still unclear. “He doesn’t work on Mondays, Mondays are his days off. When I had left for work he was sound asleep in bed. I left at 7:30,” said Horath.
“On that first day he was helping with the search too.”
According to the DA a grave site holding the lifeless body believed to be Jayme Austin was found last night. As of this morning the family had still not received confirmation that it was her.