Bodies positively identified in Malabar triple slaying

Suspected killer hasn't been found


MALABAR, Fla. – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has positively identified the remains recovered from the site of an arson fire in Malabar earlier this month.

Investigators said the bodies were identified as those of 39-year-old Chrissy Hughes, a business owner, her 9-year-old son Sebastian Meachum, a second grader at Pineapple Cove Academy in Palm Bay and Hughes’ 39-year-old sister Linda Woods, of Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Dental records were used to help with the identification process, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

The three were discovered in the burned out rubble of a two-story home at 855 Atz Road. Neighbors called authorities after spotting the fire June 11.

Investigators, however, say Tony Hughes, Chrissy Hughes’ husband, has not been located. Investigators believe that he may have taken an 18-foot boat from the property and rode it out several miles east of the Sebastian Inlet and taken his own life.

Blood was found in the boat, which was spotted circling the waters seven miles out to sea, investigators reported.

The bodies were expected to be released to the families, who are organizing a local memorial service before having funeral services in Arkansas.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 321-501-7594.