Update: body found, Ex Husband of Missing Pregnant Woman charged
We have new in the search for a missing pregnant mother. Melissa Sowders' family has repeatedly stated that her estranged husband played a role in her disappearance. And now, through his lawyer, we have his side of the story.
After Melissa Sowders disappeared, her estranged husband, Matthew, posted two messages on the Eyewitness News Facebook page.
The first says, "I just want her found. Please someone help me find her." The second says, "Please just keep your eyes open."
Investigators say the messages were posted the day after Matthew Sowders had stopped cooperating with them, saying he wanted a lawyer. His attorney, Dustan Neyland, spoke to us on his behalf.
"Was Matthew involved in her disappearance?" we asked.
"Absolutely not," he told us.
Melissa Sowders, 26, vanished on December 26 after meeting Matthew at a McDonald's on FM 1960 where she was supposed to pick up their four children. The sheriff's office suspects foul play and is searching for her body.
So we asked what Matthew Sowders says happened that day?
"How did things end that day that he saw her? How did they part ways?" we asked.
"I can't make any comments on the police investigation. If there is anything, I'll let them reveal that to the media," Neyland answered.
We also asked why we aren't we hearing from Matthew himself.
"If he had nothing to do with it, what does he have to hide?" we asked.
Neyland answered, "He doesn't. He's already talked to police."
Jason Sanford, Melissa's boyfriend, and the father of her unborn child, disagrees.
"Every time she had to meet him to see her babies, she was always worried about him," said Sanford. "He scared her." Sanford claims the ex didn't know she was two-months pregnant with his child.
"She was afraid to tell him because of what she thought he might do because of previous physical abuse," said Sanford. "That she said, so she didn't want to tell him."
Texas Equusearch and detectives were busy focusing on a deep area of Cypress Creek Wednesday about a half mile east of I-45. They're using underwater cameras trying to make out an unidentified image.
They say they want to determine if it's possibly Sowders before calling in the dive team to look further.
"It's just waiting, we're waiting," said Sanford. "There's nothing else we can do but wait."
Detectives tell us Sowders Matthew Sowders is not being cooperative right now. On Monday, they seized his truck and are processing that as the investigation here continues. He has not been named as a suspect in this case.
Missing mom's estranged husband charged after body found near search area
The estranged husband of a missing pregnant mother of four was taken into custody Thursday, just hours after a body believed to be hers was pulled from Cypress Creek. And now, he's charged with capital murder.
Matthew Sowders never saw it coming, as US marshals surrounded him in his parents' driveway, pulling Sowders out of a car, ordering him to get on the ground and handcuffing him. The arrest by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force took only minutes. Once they determined neither he nor his father had any weapons, the 28-year-old was walked to a vehicle and informed that he was charged with the capital murder of his estranged pregnant wife Melissa, the mother of his four children. Authorities say he confessed to others his role in her death.
This was the moment Melissa's family had been waiting for.
Melissa's cousin Amanda Kaufman said, "She didn't deserve to be treated like this. This is despicable and we need harsher penalties for people like this."
From the moment Melissa vanished on December 26 after meeting Matthew at a McDonald's, her family has believed that Matthew Sowders was responsible. When volunteers with Texas EquuSearch pulled her body from Cypress Creek Thursday morning, there was relief, but when Matthew Sowders was arrested, there was tremendous gratitude.
"It's wonderful," said Melissa's cousin Michelle Bierman. "It's awesome. We are so excited."
But the family knows there are no winners in this tragedy. Four small children have lost their mother, their father is in jail and Melissa's unborn child has lost a chance at life. The couple's children are staying with relatives.
Matthew Sowders is being held without bond in the Harris County Jail. If he would be convicted of capital murder, he could face either the death penalty, or life in prison without parole.
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Re: Update: body found, Ex Husband of Missing Pregnant Woman charged
What a scumbag.