OCCOQUAN, Va. (WUSA9) -- The mother of two was strangled, her body dumped in the Occoquan River. Now her husband is charged with murder.
Fairfax County police divers pulled the body of Andrea Crew, who was reported missing on August 8, from the river at 9 a.m. Saturday. Her husband, 27-year-old Caleb Crew, has been charged with murder, say officials. On Monday, Caleb Crew was told by a judge that he would be held without bond.
Crew's brother Owen and his longtime friend Manny Rahman attended the court hearing. Afterward, they two expressed disbelief that Caleb Crew could kill his wife.
Thirty-one-year-old Andrea Crew loved her family, was a devoted mother and vowed to stay with a man whom friends and neighbors say abused her.
While Caleb Crew was being booked and charged with his wife's murder, neighbor Melissa Moran and her family were looking after the couple's two young daughters.
"You could tell the love she had for her children. It breaks my heart because we've known them since they moved here. Things like this shouldn't happen to good people," Moran said.
Her neighbors would often look after their 4-year-old and 11-month old girls. Their mother dropped them off at the Moran family house the day she went missing. That would be the last time the girls would see their mother alive.
Andrea Crew was last seen alive getting out of a beige Jeep Cherokee near a bank in the 5500 block of Cherokee Avenue in Alexandria on August 7 at approximately 11:00 a.m., officials said.
Friends say they saw signs of abuse. Last month, the Morans say Andrea came running to them for help saying Caleb had thrown motor oil on her face.
From Columbia, Andrea Crew has no family in the U.S. Friends say they're trying to get Andrea's mother a visa to come to the country.
The two girls are being cared for by Child Protective Services.
The Virginia Medical Examiner office has confirmed that the cause of death is due to asphyxiation due to strangulation.
Manny Rahman said that Caleb Crew has told him he was angry at his wife for emailing her ex-boyfriend and for then lying to him about it. But, Rahman said, Crew was not a violent person and would not have killed his wife.
Crew's brother Owen said that Caleb loved his family and that his family loved Andrea. Owen came to town from South Carolina with many difficult tasks. He says he wants to make sure the daughters stay together and which of his siblings will be taking them. He wants to ensure his brother has legal counsel, and he will help arrange the burial of his beloved sister-in-law.