SUMMERFIELD, FL — Chrystal Terry, 41, was last seen leaving her home on December 21, 2017 — she was 20 weeks pregnant at the time. She left behind important items such as her wallet, cell phone, and essential medications, according to police. Chrystal’s husband, Vincent Terry, 47, reported her missing to the police on Christmas Day.
Vincent has now been arrested for her murder based on evidence found during a search of the couple’s home. When Marion County detectives searched the premises, they found a .22 caliber rifle and 53 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition, according to the police report. He was first arrested on these weapons and ammunition charges, as he is a convicted felon, so isn’t allowed to own any guns or ammunition.
While he was already in custody, he was hit with the murder charge based on photographs detectives discovered on Vincent’s phone during their search — several photographs of what appears to be Chrystal’s dead body. The photos depict Chrystal naked with trauma to her face, blood on her upper body, and a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
In addition to the photos, authorities found other cell phone evidence. Chillingly, on December 21, between 7:54 P.M. and 8:59 P.M. Chrystal made 11 outgoing phone calls and texted a friend messages: “will you please come pick me up. 911;” “I need you, it’s serious,” and “I’ll do anything.”
She wasn’t heard from again.
Vincent was also arrested for attempting to kill Chrystal in 2014 — court records indicate Vincent left her with a boot mark on her face and marks around her neck. After Chrystal refused to cooperate, the charges were dropped.Unfortunately, this is not Chrystal’s first appearance on CrimeFeed. Back in 2014, we covered the story when she triggered the premature birth of her baby by smoking crack for 24 hours. Vincent Terry, who was her boyfriend at the time, had stepped out to run an errand, taking their 11-month-old son with him.
So Chrystal, finding herself alone in this situation, ended up delivering the baby by herself in a motel bathtub. She was afraid to call 911 for help, as she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She did phone Vincent, who rushed back to assist her, but in his haste, was busted for speeding. He was not able then to make it back to the motel to help Chrystal, as due to an outstanding warrant for his arrest for a murder in Colorado, he was picked up by the cops.
Alone, Chrystal cut her umbilical cord with her teeth. She was finally forced to call 911 two hours later, after giving her baby mouth-to-mouth for an hour, trying to keep him alive while he was turning blue. The newborn was airlifted to a hospital, and Chrystal was arrested and charged with child neglect. The couple’s 11-month-old was placed in foster care.
The newborn baby boy was determined to be in stable condition after two weeks, and was able to be removed from a ventilator. He was placed with other family members. Both of these boys and a daughter born to Chrystal were all born addicted to drugs.
Vincent Terry is being held with no bond. Chrystal Terry’s body has not yet been found.
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Main photos: Chrystal Terry and Vincent Terry [Marion County Sheriff’s Office]