He also burned down her home shortly after her abduction, killing her pets and destroying her possessions, according to testimony.
After repeated attempts to escape her abductor, the woman was rescued when Parker County law enforcement showed up at Maxwell’s home with a warrant to search his car.
Investigators obtained the warrant after Maxwell deposited a check the woman wrote him. The woman’s banker, knowing she was missing, contacted police.
As Maxwell denied to officers recent contact with the woman, she emerged from his house exclaiming, “I’m here, I’m here.”
Maxwell’s former wife, Martha Martinez Maxwell, remains missing since her disappearance in 1992. Five years prior she was found lying beside a road in Oklahoma, hours away from the couple’s Watauga home, severely beaten and her throat slit. The woman reportedly told investigators he tied her up without her consent following an argument, beat her, attached an electrical shocking device to her nipples and sexually assaulted her. However, a Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict Jeffrey Maxwell in the case and she later went missing, leaving her young son behind.