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Update: Boyfriend arrested on murder charge in death of Jessie Bardwell

COURTESY GINA CAPLEY and GARY BARDWELLJessie Bardwell, 27, was reported missing in Richardson, Texas on Monday. Bardwell is from Pascagoula.
COURTESY GINA CAPLEY and GARY BARDWELLJessie Bardwell, 27, was reported missing in Richardson, Texas on Monday. Bardwell is from Pascagoula.

The boyfriend of a missing Texas woman was jailed on murder and drug charges, a jail official confirmed.

Jessie Bardwell, 27, a native of Pascagoula, was reported missing Monday, May 9.

"During our investigation, we have determined that foul play took place between Lowe and Miss Bardwell," Richardson, Texas, police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said.

Perlich said Friday afternoon that police had not recovered Bardwell's body.

Perlich said Friday that Jason Lowe is being held on one count each of murder, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Bond has not yet been set on the murder charge. His bond for possession of controlled substance was set at $3,000 and for marijuana possession at $750.

Bardwell's family told Sun Herald on Thursday their daughter had moved to Richardson just after Christmas to live with Lowe.

She was last seen on Mother's Day. Her father, Gary Bardwell, drove to Richardson on Monday to file a missing person report.

Jessie Bardwell's stepmother, Gina Capley, said Thursday that Lowe had told his girlfriend's family Sunday she was out shopping when her parents tried to contact her on Lowe's phone.

Capley said Lowe told them he last saw his girlfriend the morning of Mother's Day but has not heard from her since.

Bardwell had lived in the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach areas for about the last five years, Capley said. She was a server at Cobalt, a popular waterfront restaurant in Orange Beach, before she moved to Texas with Lowe.

Jeff Clark, Sun Herald staff writer, contributed to this report.

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