A McKinney man is in jail after police found a woman’s body in a home Sunday morning.
According to the McKinney Police Department, detectives received a tip that a body could be located at a home in the 600 block of Pearson Avenue.
Authorities said they obtained a search warrant and went to the home, where they encountered 42-year-old Chad Christopher Stevens.
“I woke up this morning and all I heard was helicopters and police telling someone on Pearson Avenue to come out with their hands out,” said Carolina Murillo, whose family s woke up to the presence of the McKinney police on their street.
“I was freaking out because, like, it’s supposed to be a quiet neighborhood, you know?” Murillo said.
She said officers blocked roads and a SWAT team gave orders to their neighbor inside the house across the street.
“Everyone says, ‘Oh my God.’ They did a whole bunch of things. So, I can’t believe this happened. Like, you know, we said “Hi” to him or whatever. It’s scary,” said Murillo, who also greeted his neighbor over the years.
“I mean, we’ve lived here for a few years. So probably several times, like every day after I got home from work, I said, ‘Hey,’ to him, and that was as many interactions as we had,” Murillo said.
A neighbor’s video showed the moment police arrested Stevens and also removed evidence from the home.
While executing the search warrant, detectives discovered the body of 35-year-old Heather Louise Schwab. Stevens was arrested at the scene and charged with tampering with evidence with intent to impair a human corpse.
“My parents and my brothers saw someone carrying like a fridge and also from the neighbor. I also heard that they were taking it out like a black bag in itself, like a body bag,” Murillo described.
In a news release sent to media outlets, police said Schwab was missing, but a spokesperson could not confirm details Sunday.
“It could have been a different woman, but a few months ago, there was like a woman like you know, around him. She kind of followed him everywhere. Just like he was doing everything he was doing, but she was still there, and then a few months later, you know, I stopped seeing her and I was like, ‘Okay, well, maybe- be that they broke up or whatever happened, and that was it,” Murillo reflects.
She described Stevens as “clumsy” and always out.
“He was up at all times. Like every time I left the house or entered, as if he was always outside. I’m just walking around doing stuff in the yard,” Murillo said.
The case is still ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Monte Robertson at 972-547-2724.