WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The ex-boyfriend of Ana Marie Carrillo is now charged with her murder after investigators said they uncovered blood evidence linking him to the missing Wyoming mother of three.
Andrew Hudson, 38, was arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of open murder and tampering with evidence in Wyoming District Court. He is Carrillo’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her three children.
Carrillo, 35, has been missing since Sept. 3 when she went to pick up her children from Hudson’s home and didn’t return. Her car was discovered abandoned nearby in a church parking lot. Despite weeks of searching, Carrillo has not been found.
“I just miss her so much and I wish I had her here again but unfortunately she was tooken from us and it’s not fair,” Carrillo’s mother Birdie Carrillo said.
In probable cause documents obtained by 24 Hour News 8 Thursday, investigators said Hudson lured Carrillo to his home under the pretense of picking up her children, even though they were not there. Police said they found blood evidence inside Hudson’s home and truck that linked him to Carrillo, as well as an apparent effort to hide evidence in the case.
According to the court documents, an officer who visited Hudson’s home the day Carrillo disappeared spotted a fire in a burn barrel on the property. Hudson told investigators he only burned yard waste “and similar items,” but the officer found evidence of clothing in the barrel, including Aeropostale buttons — the same clothing brand Carrillo was last seen wearing.
Police said Hudson also lied to them about the whereabouts of the couple’s children.
“Investigators know the children were not there at the time, having spent the night at an entirely different location, miles away,” the probable cause document states.
Officers say surveillance video also showed a vehicle that appears to be Carrillo’s heading into Hudson’s neighborhood. Hudson had told officers she never arrived.
“In addition to the lies about luring the victim to his home that morning, he lied to investigators about his whereabouts and travels on that morning,” the document states.
After Thursday’s court hearing, Carrillo’s mother and sister told 24 Hour News 8 they are devastated knowing she isn’t coming home. They said they now just want closure and to bury her.
Even before Thursday’s charges, Andrew Hudson was already in jail on two charges of lying to law enforcement in connection to the investigation of Carrillo’s disappearance.
Andrew Hudson waived his probable cause hearing and preliminary exam on Sept. 26, sending his perjury case to trial.
His father, Lyle Hudson, also faces a felony charge for the same reason.
Prosecutors said Andrew Hudson drained the bank accounts for him and his three children a day before Carrillo disappeared.
If convicted of murder, he faces a sentence of life in prison. The evidence tampering charge is a 10-year felony, but because he is being charged as a fourth-time habitual offender, he could also be sentenced to life in prison for that if convicted.
In the courtroom before Thursday’s arraignment, Carrillo’s mother could be seen shouting at other people in the gallery before officials told everyone that if the disturbance continued, they would be kicked out. Carrillo’s mother calmed and acknowledged that it was “not the time or place.”
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Wyoming DPS at 616.530.7300 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.