Matthew Sowders Held in Wife Melissa Sowers' Death
The estranged husband of Melissa R, Sowders, the 26-year-old woman who was reported missing last week and who is believed to be the body found along Cypress Creek on Thursday, has been arrested.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office reported that investigators were questioning the 28-year-old husband Thursday night after his arrest on a capital murder charge in her death.
According to an HCSO press release:
"A Texas EquuSearch team, working with the HCSO, recovered a body from Cypress Creek near where the woman lived. Official identification of the body will be made by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
"The search for the woman lasted several days and included the work of HCSO divers."
The sheriff's office asked the public for help in finding the woman and her car last week. Deputies recovered her Honda Accord from a parking lot in her North Harris County area.
According to the Harris County District Clerk's Office, Matthew and Melissa Sowders were parties to a pending divorce case -- filed by the husband in October -- involving children.
The press release also stated that:
Online records also showed Matthew Sowders was sentenced to four days in jail and a $100 fine for driving while his license was suspended in 2005 and a $100 fine for trespassing in 2004.
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