Latest Updates in Houston Art Appraiser’s Bizarre FBI Raids

AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson

AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson

After Friday’s report of a federal terrorism task force descending on the Houston area homes of Houston art appraiser/art supporter Cecily E. Horton and her husband Andrew E. Schneck, FBI agents continued the search at the couple’s Memorial home. The Houston Chronicle reports that Saturday’s search resulted in two instances of controlled detonations of a “potentially volatile substance” in the normally quiet neighborhood.

Federal officials remain silent about the investigation but, in today’s news, there are a number of reports about simultaneous raids, with similar Hazmat suit precautions, on two northwest Michigan houses also linked to Horton.  Culturemap Houston and other sources report that the investigation does not appear to focus on the couple, but on their college-aged son.

Horton, a partner with MKG Art Management, has long been well-known and respected in the Houston arts community. She has served as a trustee for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Lawndale Art Center, and as a sales director for both Hiram Butler Gallery and Moody Gallery. Several Glasstire sources have reported receiving Facebook messages from Horton apologizing for the inconvenience to friends and neighbors and promising that, “Someday,…I may have quite a tale to tell.”

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