Tyler Police Department was just informed by Harrison County Sheriff's Department that they have taken Carmel Foster into custody. The Sheriff's Department confirmed that Marshall Police Department had received a tip on her possible location. A Harrison County Deputy assisted the Marshall Police Department Investigator on following up on the tip of her location. Officials did find Ms. Foster at a residence on Mitchell Road in Harrison County. Foster was taken into custody and transported to Harrison County Jail on Tyler Police Department outstanding warrants.
The investigation continues into this and other possible related incidents involving Carmel Foster. Investigators are following up on four other victims that may also have had this procedure done on them by Foster.
FDA Criminal Investigators have met with Tyler Police Investigators and have obtained samples of the suspected liquid gel that was injected into the victims. Lab results will take up to a week for them to return.
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The FDA is in Tyler testing the substance used in the injection procedures allegedly performed by Carmel Foster at Queen Divas Salon.
Police say at least four people have come forward saying they have had the procedure performed on them.
The Tyler Police Department is urging anyone who has had this procedure performed to please come forward.
Foster has still not turned herself in to authorities.
Tyler police are on the hunt for a hair salon owner and philanthropist accused of practicing medicine without a license.
A warrant for the arrest of Carmel Mitchell Foster-Alexander, 38, of Tyler, was issued Wednesday afternoon as she is suspected of practicing medicine without a license and “practicing medicine in violation of subtitle,” according to a news release issued by the Tyler Police Department.
Ms. Foster-Alexander allegedly performed a breast augmentation procedure “for a fee in a back room of Queen Divas Hair Salon and Spa,” according to the release.
The salon is at 102 E. Martin Luther King St.
“Investigators and doctors are attempting to determine what type of substance or fluid was pumped into her chest cavity,” according to the release.
Authorities believe she also conducted procedures on another woman at the same location, which is why warrants for two separate charges have been issued, according to the release.
“I'm sure it's happened; it's just that it's very rare,” he said.
Malone, an orthopedic surgeon in Austin, said large-scale injections, like what could possibly have been used in this instance, is rare.
In a typical breast augmentation procedure, silicon material is encapsulated to prevent it from entering the body.
“The material injected can migrate into vessels and lymph drainage and all the things that cause severe problems,” he said. “It can be life threatening, as seen in this case.”
He said the important thing to remember is that these types of operations should only be conducted by licensed physicians trained in the procedures.
“You can't do these things that involve injection of foreign material unless you're trained to do it and unless the substance that you're using is approved by the Federal Drug Administration,” he said.
A call to Ms. Foster Alexander's listed phone number was answered by a recorded message, which said the line was no longer active.
Ms. Foster-Alexander, also known as C.C. Foster, is known in the area for making wigs for cancer patients. The salon has been in operation for about 10 years and offered beauty treatments and wigs for women suffering from cancer for at least seven years.