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    TX - Melissa Sowders, 26, Harris County, 26 December 2013

    Sheriff 's Office Investigators Seek Information On Missing Woman.
    The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the disappearance of Melissa Rene Sowders, a 26 year old, white female. Ms. Sowders was last seen at the McDonalds Restaurant, located at 339 FM 1960 at Interstate 45, at approximately 11:00 A.M., Thursday, December 26, 2013.

    Ms. Sowders was reported missing by a friend Thursday afternoon and is believed to be a victim of foul play. Ms. Sowders drives a white, 1995 Honda Accord, 4Door, bearing Texas License # CL3H494. The front driver’s door of the Honda is black.

    Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Melissa Rene Sowders, or if anyone knows the location of her 1995 Honda Accord, they are asked to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 713.967.5810, or call Crime Stoppers at 713.222.TIPS(8477).

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    https://local.nixle.com/alert/511392..._id=1000000327
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    YOU can help find missing persons by sharing missing person notices on your social media!

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    Houston County Sheriff's Office Twitter

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    Help our investigators find Melissa Rene Sowders. https://local.nixle.com/alert/511392..._id=1000000327 … #iwatchharriscounty
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    Quote Originally Posted by rizzo0904 View Post
    Hmm...I wonder if that is the same McDonald's she worked at? I live semi-close. Not a bad area of town, at all.
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    It states she was last seen at McDs. Her facebook shows she was a manager there until earlier this year. Was her visit friendly or not?

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    For reference - public records, both criminal and civil for Harris County, Texas.

    http://www.hcdistrictclerk.com/eDocs/Public/Search.aspx
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    The world is full of monsters with friendly faces and angels full of scars. ~ Unknown

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    Shared on my Facebook and have since had a few more shares from people in this area. Hopefully, that will help a little.
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    I wonder where their kids are?
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    Thanks surfie. So filed for divorce in October.

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    Her last name needs an 's' on the end in the thread title.

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    "She's pregnant," said Jason Sanford, her boyfriend. "We're supposed to be having a baby. She wanted to spend the rest of her life with me."

    Sanford says Sowders was in their white Honda Accord with Texas plate # CL3H494 after he saw her at 6:15 Thursday morning.

    "She dropped me off at work and that was the last time I saw her," said Sanford.

    Sowders' plan was to meet her ex-husband and their youngest daughter at the McDonald's on FM 1960 near Kuykendahl Road. The father has custody of all their children.

    No one is sure what happened after the visit at McDonald's but Sowders hasn't been seen since.

    Newsom admits he is suspicious of her ex-husband because when they talked, he seemed more concerned about the attention from deputies than his ex-wife's well being.

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    She filed for divorce...or her ex did...at the end of October and she's already having a baby with another guy that she supposedly wants to spend the rest of her life with. Add to that, the ex has full custody of the kids. Doesn't sound like she even has unsupervised visitation rights. There has to be something bad in her past. Did it catch up with her? I believe the ex is 100% innocent.

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    Source Please

    Quote Originally Posted by rizzo0904 View Post
    She filed for divorce...or her ex did...at the end of October and she's already having a baby with another guy that she supposedly wants to spend the rest of her life with. Add to that, the ex has full custody of the kids. Doesn't sound like she even has unsupervised visitation rights. There has to be something bad in her past. Did it catch up with her? I believe the ex is 100% innocent.
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    Source please. According to the upthread link to Texas courts, the divorce proceeding is marked "active," meaning it's not final yet, and therefore custody of the children has not been decided. This is affirmed by a quote by Melissa's mom at this link:
    http://www.click2houston.com/news/de...f/-/index.html

    Melissa Sowders' parents, Sonia and Jimmy Newsom said their daughter separated from her husband a few months earlier.

    They said on December 26, Sowders went to meet her estranged husband at the McDonalds.

    “I think they were just meeting to talk together and for her to be able to see her children,” said Sonia Newsom.
    Estranged is a fancy word for separated. IMO, if her husband has a job and she doesn't, the kids are staying with the parent who's currently able to feed them. IF/when the divorce becomes final, IF Melissa were awarded custody, the husband would probably (I'm not familiar with TX laws) be ordered to pay child support to his ex-wife. So, respectfully, that gives Melissa's dad, Jimmy Newsom, a reason for his suspicions. I won't say more because LE hasn't yet.

    ETA: OK, I found a news article that states the dad has custody--but I'll stick with the court records for now. Wouldn't be the first time we've seen inaccurate or incomplete reporting.

    http://ph.news.yahoo.com/video/polic...040838776.html
    Last edited by JWD; 12-28-2013 at 09:09 AM.

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