Read our full coverage as Dateline NBC features tragic story of Austin mom, Heidi Broussard
HOUSTON – The Dateline NBC on Friday evening will feature the story of Austin mom, Heidi Broussard and her child Margot Carey, who disappeared in December, just weeks after Margot was born. Broussard was later found dead in a car parked at a home near Jersey Village. Her baby was found alive and well in the home and was later reunited with her father, Shane. Broussard’s friend Magen Fieramusca now faces capital murder, kidnapping and tampering with a corpse charges in connection with the mother and child’s disappearance and Broussard’s death. Read some of our coverage of the case here:Missing Austin mother found dead near Jersey Village was strangled, medical examiner saysBaby Margot reunited with father in Austin after mother found dead near HoustonVigil, funeral held for slain Austin mom, Heidi BroussardCourt documents reveal new details leading up to Heidi Broussard’s disappearance, arrest of kidnapping suspectSlain Austin mom’s friend, Magen Fieramusca indicted on capital murder chargeMore coverageSee the Dateline NBC promos here:
Slain Austin mom’s friend, Magen Fieramusca indicted on capital murder charge
HOUSTON – The friend of an Austin mother who was found dead in a car near Jersey Village last month has been indicted on a capital murder charge on Tuesday, court records reveal. Hiedi Broussard, 33, and her newborn baby daughter Margot Carey were reported missing in December. Weeks later, Broussard’s body was found in a car parked at a home near Jersey Village. Baby Margot was found alive and safe in the home and was reunited with her father, Shane. Fieramusca is also accused of kidnapping baby Margot and was indicted on another kidnapping charge.
Court documents reveal new details leading up to Heidi Broussard’s disappearance, arrest of kidnapping suspect
HOUSTON – The probable cause affidavit details the events leading up to the disappearance of Heidi Broussard and the arrest of Magen Fieramusca. According to the affidavit, Broussard’s Boyfriend, Shane Carey, told investigators Fieramusca drove to Austin to visit with Heidi the day she gave birth to baby Margot. At the time of the visit, Fieramusca claimed to be 37 weeks pregnant. Court Document said Fieramusca told Green she went into labor on Dec. 12. He told investigators he was not present for the baby’s birth.
Vigil, funeral held for slain Austin mom, Heidi Broussard
LAFAYETTE, LA – A candlelight vigil and funeral were held Saturday for the Austin mother who was found dead more than a week after she and her infant were reported missing. The vigil and funeral for Heidi Broussard took place in her hometown of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Austin community held a guided prayer earlier this week. Broussard disappeared with her four-week-old daughter on Dec. 12, after dropping off her son at his elementary school in Austin. Authorities have not publicly identified her as a suspect, but a source familiar with the investigation says she is a suspect.
Wake for Austin mom, Heidi Broussard, held in Lake Charles Friday
LAKE CHARLES, LA – A public visitation was held Friday for the Austin mother found dead in the trunk of a car in the Houston area earlier this month. Heidi Broussard’s body was found last week in northwest Harris County after she and her newborn baby, Margot Carey, were reported missing on Dec. 12. The baby is safe and back home with her father. Broussard’s visitation was held in Lake Charles, Louisiana Friday. The young mother’s friends said they are leaning on each other for support during this tough time.
What’s next for woman accused in the kidnapping of Austin mom, baby? Legal analyst weighs in
HOUSTON – When it comes to solving a murder, KPRC 2 legal analyst Brian Wice says more often than not law enforcement is attempting to beat a small window. TIMELINE: Here are the key events in the Austin mom strangulation case“We don’t know anything other than the cause of death. We don’t know where it happened, we don’t know how it necessarily happened, other than the fact that this poor woman died from manual strangulation," Wice said. Once murder charges are ultimately filed in the case, Wice says the county where the murder took place should be the venue for a murder trial. However, important to note that no murder charges have been filed nearly six days after the discovery of Broussard’s body.
Baby Margot reunited with father in Austin after mother found dead near Houston
AUSTIN, Texas – Margot Carey, the 3-week-old infant found in a home near Jersey Village last week, was reunited with her father Shane Carey in Austin on Monday night. Baby Margot and her mother Heidi Broussard, 33, were reported missing on Dec. 12 after they were last seen in their Austin apartment complex. After an extensive, multi-agency search, officials were led to a home on Bo Jack Drive in the Rolling Fork neighborhood Thursday night. “The 3-week-old who was found at the home on Bo Jack last week is being reunited with family tonight,” an official with the agency said in a statement. Earlier Monday evening, the Austin community held a prayer vigil for Broussard, Margot and their families and friends.
Community mourns Austin mom found dead near Houston in vigil Monday night
AUSTIN – The Austin community gathered Monday evening to remember Heidi Broussard, the young mother whose body was found in the trunk of a car in the Houston area last week. Bryant asked attendees to pray for Broussard, her baby and her family and friends. The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Officer said that Broussard, who lived in Austin, died from ligature strangulation. A “close friend” of Broussard, Magen Fieramusca, 33, was arrested and charged with two counts of kidnapping and tampering with evidence. Austin police would not confirm the identity of the person take into custody in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.
TIMELINE: Here are the key events in the Austin mom strangulation case
AUSTIN, Texas – An Austin woman whose body was found at a home near Jersey Village on Thursday died from strangulation, according to the website of the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office. Officials at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office later confirmed the identity of the body as Broussard and that she died from ligature strangulation. Here’s a timeline of the case:Thursday, Dec. 12Heidi Broussard and her newborn girl, Margot Carey, were reported missing Dec. 12. Thursday, Dec. 19A tip leads investigators to a home in northwest Harris County. Friday, Dec. 20Officials at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office later confirmed the identity of the body found in the trunk of the car was Broussard and that she died from ligature strangulation.
Missing Austin mother found dead near Jersey Village was strangled, medical examiner says
HOUSTON – An Austin woman whose body was found at a home near Jersey Village on Thursday died from strangulation, according to the website of the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office. Officials at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office later confirmed the identity of the body as Broussard and that she died from ligature strangulation. Magen Fieramusca is seen in this mug shot provided to KPRC 2 by the Harris County Sheriff's Office on Dec. 20, 2019. Broussard’s disappearanceDetective Brad Herries, of the Austin Police Department, said Broussard and Margot disappeared after she dropped off her son at school. Authorities distributed information about Broussard and Margot to national missing persons databases and issued a be-on-the-lookout call about the disappearance, Herries said.
FBI joins search for Austin mom, newborn missing since last week
AUSTIN – The FBI has reportedly joined the search for an Austin mother and newborn missing since Thursday. Heidi Broussard, 33, and her infant daughter Margot Carey were last seen about 7:30 a.m. Thursday while dropping off a child at Cowan Elementary School in Austin, police said on Twitter. Officials believe Broussard returned her home with her baby afterward, but they have not been seen or heard from since Thursday morning. The NBC-affiliate in Austin reported police will hold a 1 p.m. Tuesday news conference to provide updates about the case. Police said anyone with information on their whereabouts should call 911.
Mom and two-week-old baby missing, last seen Thursday morning, officials say
The Austin Police Department asks for the public’s help locating a missing mother and her two-week-old baby. Heidi Broussard, 33, and her infant daughter Margot Carey were last seen on Thursday morning around 7:30 a.m. dropping off a child at Cowan Elementary School in Austin, police said. Police believe Broussard return her home with her daughter afterward, but have not been seen or heard from since Thursday morning. Attached is an updated photo of Heidi Broussard from Dec. 12, 2019 at 7:50 a.m. at Cowan Elementary. The clothing pictured is what she is believed to have been wearing when she was last seen.