Oct. 1 in the Houston Chronicle

Mark Augustin Castellano told talk show host Dr. Phil the same story he’d told police about his missing girlfriend. In an interview for national television, he said Michelle Warner, 31, walked out of their Houston apartment after a fight on Sept. 22 and disappeared.

Two days later, on Sunday, Warner’s family had just landed in Los Angeles to film their segment with Dr. Phil’s show when they received a call: We’ve found Michelle.

Castellano had directed police to where he allegedly buried her body in an oil field between Odessa and Midland.

He confessed to killing a woman he loved greatly yet hated terribly, said Houston Police Department homicide detective Fil Waters. Castellano, 37, is in the Harris County Jail after being charged Monday with murder. A judge set his bail at $50,000.

When Castellano confessed to the killing on Sunday, he ended what Waters admitted could have been an unsolvable case. “His timeline was plausible. There was no physical evidence,” Waters said.

Yet, near the end of a two-hour interview, Castellano took off his glasses, looked at Waters and told him what had happened.

Read the full story at Chron.com.

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