Jesse Crow Charged with Killing Missing Newlywed Wife Ryann Bunnell Crow

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SALINAS, Calif. (CBS) Two weeks after California newlywed Ryann Bunnell Crow went missing, her husband, Jesse Crow, has been arrested and charged with her murder, according to Salinas police.

Photo: Ryann Bunnell Crow.

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Ryann Crow's family reported the 23-year-old missing on Feb. 2 when she didn't show up for work at a local flower shop in Salinas, Calif. about 60 miles south of San Jose. The general manager told CBS affiliate KION that Ryann Crow was a great employee and described her as a sweetheart.

Photo: Jesse Crow.

PICTURES: Missing Newlywed Ryann Bunnell Crow

Two searches for Ryann on Feb. 6th and the 13th in the Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge area, the last place where police were able to trace a signal from her phone, yielded few leads.

Ryann Crow's first husband, Cody May, told KION that he spoke to her about a month ago. She told him she was going through a messy split with her husband Jesse Crow.

Jesse Crow had avoided all organized searches for his wife, as well as the media spotlight.

Ryann's family told KION that police told them around 9pm Tuesday that Jesse Crow was going to be arrested on suspicion of murder.

Ryann Crow's mother, Pamela Pipitone, told KION that the family hadn't had much time to get to know her daughter's new husband.

"They had a world-wind relationship," Pipitone said. "She met him in July, and kind of got swept off her feet and then they got married in August, so we really haven't known him that long."

Salinas police did not release any information about how they came to charge Jesse Crow with murder or whether they have found Ryann's body.

Lalo Villegas, public information officer for the Salinas police, said Jesse Crow would likely be arraigned on the murder charge in the next few days.