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Friends of Heidi Broussard reveal they ‘searched every day’ before learning she was murdered

Heidi Broussard’s mother has told how her daughter’s best friend contacted her to find out about the police investigation after ‘kidnapping and killing’ the 33-year-old mom-of-two to steal her newborn.

Heidi’s mom Tammy, opens up in an Dateline NBC special ‘Abduction’ on Friday speaking about how her daughter, 33, was betrayed and asking why her accused murderer Magen Fieramusca did it.

In a trailer for the episode Tammy says: ‘Why would you do that?’

She continued: ‘She premeditated all of this…Me and my husband, we really want to know why. Why would you hurt a friend?’  

Broussard and two-week-old baby Margot Carey vanished from their Austin home on December 12. 

Tammy said Fieramusca ‘called and texted’ after her disappearance ‘wanting to know if police were doing anything’. 

Eight days later, authorities found Broussard strangled to death by a leash in the trunk of a car outside the home of her childhood friend, 34-year-old Fieramusca.

Baby Margot was discovered unharmed inside the home Fieramusca shared with her ex-boyfriend. 

Heidi Broussard and young Margot Carey (pictured) vanished from their home in Austin, Texas, on December 12 and were found eight days later at the home of a childhood friend 

Tammy told Dateline that Heidi was known for ‘taking care of damaged people’. 

‘What hurts most is that she betrayed my daughter.’

Fieramusca had faked being pregnant in order to steal Margot and pass her off as her own. Tammy said she had been suspicious as to whether Fieramusca was expecting saying ‘it didn’t look like a pregnant belly, she was faking it’.    

Tammy described the moment she found out baby Margot was alive saying: I can’t explain how you really feel. (Your) heart is overwhelmed but at the same time my daughter is gone.’ 

Tammy Broussard, mother of Heidi Broussard, says that her daughter's killer contacted her about the police investigation after allegedly strangling the mother-of-two

Tammy Broussard, mother of Heidi Broussard, says that her daughter’s killer contacted her about the police investigation after allegedly strangling the mother-of-two

Tammy Broussard said 'what hurts most is that she betrayed my daughter (left) and wants to know why Fieramusca would hurt her friend

Tammy Broussard said ‘what hurts most is that she betrayed my daughter (left) and wants to know why Fieramusca would hurt her friend 

In the episode friends of Broussard describe the frantic days following her disappearance in last year.  

Broussard’s friends attempt to hold back tears as they say ‘we knocked on every door’ and  ‘we constantly posted online.’

One woman says she ‘searched every single day for her.’ 

On Tuesday, Fieramusca was indicted on a capital murder charge for allegedly strangling Broussard.   

In the indictment released Tuesday, authorities said Fieramusca, who met her victim at church camp around a decade ago, has been charged with murder. 

Friends of Heidi Broussard reveal their frantic search for the slain mother and her newborn

Friends of Heidi Broussard reveal their frantic search for the slain mother and her newborn

Friends of Heidi Broussard reveal they ‘knocked on every door’ and ‘constantly posted online’ during their search for the mother and her newborn 

One woman says she 'searched every single day for her' before Broussard was discovered strangled to death in the trunk of car

One woman says she ‘searched every single day for her’ before Broussard was discovered strangled to death in the trunk of car

If convicted, Fieramusca could face the death penalty or life in prison.  

Authorities say that Fieramusca asphyxiated Broussard by ‘ligature estrangulation, with a leash and with her hand’.

Fieramusca was previously charged with kidnapping and evidence tampering in relation to her friend’s death earlier this month after authorities say she faked a pregnancy to steal Margot.  

The horrifying ordeal began after Broussard’s fiance Shane Carey reported the mother of his child and his infant daughter missing. 

Authorities eventually became suspicious of Fieramusca after a woman who lives in the same apartment complex as Broussard reported seeing two women, including one with a baby, interacting on the day the mother and daughter disappeared. 

Pictured: Magen Fieramusca

Pictured: Magen Fieramusca

Magen Fieramusca (left and right) was indicted on a capital murder charge on Tuesday in the death of Broussard, who authorities say Fieramusca kidnapped and strangled in December

Police found Margot Carey (pictured) unharmed in Fieramusca's home eight days after she went missing

Police found Margot Carey (pictured) unharmed in Fieramusca’s home eight days after she went missing

The witness said she saw a person who was carrying a baby walking towards a car being driven by the other woman before they left together. 

The witness – when given a photo lineup – said she was around 70 percent positive that the woman driving the car was Fieramusca. 

Authorities then conducted a review of Fieramusca’s online searches between November 11 and December 18.

Among the search terms they unearthed were ‘Heidi Broussard’ and ‘bodies in Austin Texas’. 

Investigators began monitoring Fieramusca’s house in Houston and interviewed her ex-boyfriend Christopher Green.

Green told them they had broken up in March but they still lived together.

The ex-boyfriend said he thought she had gotten pregnant around the time they split, he thought he was the father and that he had never seen her bare stomach during the pregnancy.

Fieramusca allegedly told him that she had given birth while she was out of town after going to the beach with a cousin.

According to authorities, Fieramusca somehow faked her pregnancy and Shane Carey says the woman was ‘visibly pregnant.’  

Carey said Broussard told him on December 8 or 9 that Fieramusca had given birth to a baby girl, but he never saw any photos of the child, the affidavit states. 

When the ex-boyfriend saw Fieramusca at their home on December 13, she allegedly told him: ‘Don’t be mad, don’t be mad’.

She then told him that there was a baby on the bed. 

Fieramusca would go on to tell neighbors the baby’s name was ‘Luna Mae’ and that she was breastfeeding. 

Police showed her ex-boyfriend a photo of Margot and he responded: ‘That’s the baby at my house.’

Authorities searched Fieramusca’s home on December 19 and noted they could smell the ‘unmistakable odor of decomposing flesh’ coming from the trunk of her car.

They noted the car had been parked in a way that looked like someone was trying to hide it.

Friends believed Broussard (pictured) and Fieramusca were both giving birth to children in late 2019, but Shane Carey says he never saw photos of Fieramusca's baby after she allegedly gave birth

Friends believed Broussard (pictured) and Fieramusca were both giving birth to children in late 2019, but Shane Carey says he never saw photos of Fieramusca’s baby after she allegedly gave birth 

Broussard’s body was found inside the trunk stuffed into a black duffel bag while Margot was discovered inside Fieramusca’s home. 

In an interview with ABC earlier this month, Carey said he did not believe Fieramusca acted alone and speculated that someone possibly had talked her into carrying out the deadly baby-stealing plot.

Carey said the two women had been very close friends.

‘Heidi loved Magen, they had a great relationship. She was a friend. You would not suspect this at all. Like, at all,’ he said.

Heidi Broussard (right) is pictured with her 'best friend' Magen Fieramusca (left) in an undated photo. Broussard was found dead in the trunk of Fieramusca's car on Thursday evening. It's now believed Fieramusca may have  tried to pass off her dead best friend's baby daughter, Margot, as her own child

Heidi Broussard (right) is pictured with her ‘best friend’ Magen Fieramusca (left) in an undated photo. Broussard was found dead in the trunk of Fieramusca’s car on Thursday evening. It’s now believed Fieramusca may have  tried to pass off her dead best friend’s baby daughter, Margot, as her own child 

The kidnap affidavit said that Fieramusca and Broussard were excited about being pregnant together and had wondered if they would go into labor around the same time.

The record does not make clear whether Fieramusca was ever pregnant, but investigators found discrepancies in her account of giving birth. In one conversation, she told a Texas Ranger that she went to the beach with a cousin on December 12.

But she later told the same officer that she gave birth on that day, although she was unable to provide specifics of her delivery, according to the affidavit.

Pictured: Shane Carey and Margot Carey

Shane Carey (right) has created a GoFundMe to collect money in an effort to cover costs related to the tragedy 

Authorities say Broussard's body was found inside a black duffel bag after previously setting their suspicions in Fieramusca

Authorities say Broussard’s body was found inside a black duffel bag after previously setting their suspicions in Fieramusca

The murder charge comes as Broussard’s distraught fiance has posted a donation site asking well-wishers to contribute by purchasing items for his family.

Carey created the Heidi and Shane Family Fund asking for financial support for his family of three children, including newborn daughter Margot, after the body of his fiancee was discovered last month.

‘How do you describe the ultimate betrayal?’ a description on the fund’s website reads.

It continues: ‘I think that’s what this story is. We are a family temporarily displaced by a brutal slaying with glimmers of hope coming from the return of my daughter.

‘In this way we are blessed.

‘The love I have for my Heidi will transcend and shine through my three children.’

The Amazon wish list was started on December 22 and has been steadily growing since then.

The most recent item – the portable personal refrigerator – was added on Sunday.

Carey is asking the public for help in buying a list of items which includes baby formula, baby nail file, a shopping cart cover for toddlers, a set of Pokemon cards, a baby walker, diapers, baseball cleats, and pajamas for babies.    

Shane Carey (right) has been keeping Heidi Broussard's (left) memory alive by sharing his favorite throwback photos of her and posting updates on baby Margot.

Shane Carey (right) has been keeping Heidi Broussard’s (left) memory alive by sharing his favorite throwback photos of her and posting updates on baby Margot.

Carey is also soliciting donations through a GoFundMe page whose goal is to raise a total of $50,000.

As of Thursday, the crowdfunding effort has raised more than $1,100. 

‘My name is Shane Carey and my family has been brought to its knees by the murder of Heidi, my soulmate and mother of our beautiful children,’ Carey wrote on the GoFundMe page.

‘Of course I’m going to continue working and providing for my kids but at the same time I want to reach out for help with all the costs related to this tragedy and for all that it will take to try and restore these kids to a happy and fruitful life.

‘I pray for guidance during this extremely troubling time.

‘I want to also say thanks to all that have helped me and my family get to this point.’

Carey has been keeping Heidi Broussard’s memory alive by sharing his favorite throwback photos of her and posting updates on baby Margot.

He took to Facebook earlier this month to thank everyone who has supported him through the ‘nightmare’ of Broussard’s abduction and killing after she had given birth to Margot last month.

Last week, he uploaded a 10-second video showing the squirming diaper-clad baby stretching out her tiny arms and legs on a blanket.

The Houston, Texas $199,000 four-bedroom property where the body of missing mom Heidi Broussard was found in the trunk of a car pictured above

The Houston, Texas $199,000 four-bedroom property where the body of missing mom Heidi Broussard was found in the trunk of a car pictured above

‘There she is,’ Carey says with a chuckle while standing over Margot.

Carey later wrote a status update addressing all of his family’s well-wishers.

‘I want to send a heartfelt thank you for all the love, prayers and support throughout this incredibly difficult time,’ he stated. ‘It has been hard for me to put my thoughts into words sooner, as my mind has been racing trying to make some sense of this nightmare.

‘I appreciate everything everyone has done, and still doing, for me and my family. Please continue to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers, especially remember Heidi and her overwhelming love of life and her children.

‘Heidi would want you to think of her and her goofy ways and ability to laugh throughout every situation. I’m sorry I haven’t thanked you all personally but this whole ordeal has been overwhelming!’

Fieramusca is being held in the Travis County Jail, with bonds totaling $1.7 million.

Fieramusca maintains that she is innocent of the charges, said her attorney, Brian Erskine, in a statement Tuesday.

He repeated his previous contention that prosecutors continue to withhold information to which the defense is entitled.

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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