The FBI believes that a body found near Knoxville, Tennessee, is the that of a missing woman from Florida.
Rachael Madison, 44, disappeared Nov. 27 while jogging at Ormond-by-the-Sea, near Daytona Beach, reports the Daily Mail.
She had moved to Florida from Indiana to escape her allegedly abusive husband, Jarvis Madison, 58.
Jarvis was arrested arrested in Louisville, Kentucky, on Dec. 2 and was booked in the Clark County, Indiana, jail on the same day. A felony arrest warrant had been issued to him on Nov. 28 for vehicular criminal confinement.
It was his arrest on Dec. 2 which led to the body's discovery later that day.
“Evidence gathered at the site will now be processed to positively confirm that the remains recovered are that of Rachael Lynn Madison,” said Charles P. Spencer, special agent in charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division, the Daily Mail reports. “The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the FBI are with Ms. Madison's family,” he added.
Based on previous incidents, family members suspected that Rachael had been kidnapped by her husband.
According to the missing persons report that was filed when she disappeared, Jarvis had once poured acid on a tattoo on Rachel's back, leaving a large scar. She also had another scar where he allegedly cut her neck with a knife, reports The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
The couple had become homeless and were living in motels and their car in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, said police.
According to family members, Rachael called her aunt from Kentucky and begged her to “take her away from her abusive husband.” When the aunt drove to Kentucky on Nov. 14, reports indicate that Jarvis took Rachael hostage in his car while driving around with a handgun.
She managed to escape her husband at a Walmart in Clarksville, Indiana, according to authorities. She then filed a police report and drove with her aunt to the aunt’s home in Volusia County, Florida, some 800 miles away.
“Those past incidents are what has us concerned for her well-being,” said Volusia Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Grant.
Also concerning was the allegation, according to police, that Jarvis called the aunt several times threatening to killer her for hiding his wife, and then threatening to kill Rachael if she did not come back.
About 30 minutes before Rachael went missing, Jarvis phoned the aunt asking where his wife was.