As soon as they heard she was missing, her friends knew.
Crystal McDowell wasn't swamped in the storm. She hadn't eloped. And she wasn't lost.
"I knew immediately she was deceased," said longtime friend Morgan Raimondi.
But it took police more than two weeks to confirm what the 37-year-old's loved ones already feared.
On the heels of Hurricane Harvey's devastation, search crews combed the Baytown area for four days before they finally made a gruesome discovery Saturday afternoon in a wooded area in western Chambers County.