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Ex-husband of Tricia Todd charged with murder

Posted at 8:54 AM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 11:36:48-04

The Martin County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday they have arrested the ex-husband of Tricia Todd, a Hobe Sound woman missing since last month.

Steven Williams, 30, is facing murder charges and being held at the Martin County Jail without bond.

Sheriff William Snyder said he will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. at the Martin County Sheriff's Office to release more details.

YOU CAN WATCH THE NEWS CONFERENCE AT 11 A.M. HERE:

Tricia Todd was last seen at a Publix on Bridge Road in Martin County on April 27.

Her disappearance prompted a large-scale search by area police agencies and volunteers that included cadaver dogs, but she has not been found.

On May 3, the sheriff's office said Williams willingly submitted to a polygraph exam and nothing he said pointed to any links to her disappearance.

Earlier this month Williams was interviewed in North Carolina, where he was stationed at an Air Force Base, by a lieutenant, two detectives and an assistant state attorney.

A representative for the family of Tricia Todd has released this statement: 

The confirmation of Tricia’s death is beyond heart-breaking and indescribably painful. We will miss her vibrant love of life, her servant’s heart, and her beautiful smile. Tricia’s life was a testimony of God’s grace and mercy. While we mourn our loss, we know that Tricia is not truly lost, but in the arms of her loving Heavenly Father. This assurance gives us hope in knowing we will one day be together again.

Tricia’s little girl was blessed with a loving mother and we will make sure that she knows just how much her Mommy loved her every day. She is in a safe, healthy home environment and being surrounded with the love of her family.

We would like to thank the Martin County Sheriff’s Office for their swift, thorough investigation and their tireless work on Tricia’s behalf. To the volunteers and those that have followed Tricia’s disappearance through the Search page - Thank-You. The support of our friends and community has meant more than we can say.

Tricia’s compassion and love for others and, most importantly her love for God, will live on in the heart’s of all who knew her. The love and prayers from people around the world are sustaining our family during this difficult time.

Finally, we would like to thank the media for their support in keeping the news of Tricia’s story a priority. We appreciate your sensitivity as we continue this heart-breaking journey. We now ask for space and privacy as we grieve the loss of our daughter, sister, and mother.