MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Mobile County Sheriff's Office said Chessie Wood, the mother of missing woman Brittney Wood, has been arrested and charged with two counts sodomy and sex abuse of a child less than 12.
This arrest is the latest in an ongoing sex crimes investigation into the family of the missing mom.
The arrest came just hours after Chessie Wood's sister and Brittney's aunt, Wendy Wood Holland, was released on a lowered bond from Baldwin County Jail on similar charges.
The mystery surrounding Wood, who has been missing over a year, has remained unsolved - with few answers or explanations.
At only 19-years-old, the mother of one vanished from her home in Mobile on May 30, 2012. She was last seen driving off with her uncle, Donald Holland, Sr.
Officials said Holland committed suicide June 1, 2012, the same day they were to talk to him about a sex crimes investigation.
Investigators believe Holland picked up Brittney and drove her across Mobile bay to a residence in the Styx River area.
Brittney's phone later went dead. Authorities said her cell phone battery was found in Holland's truck after he was discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, two days later.
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