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

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  1. The Cheese

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    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).

    Address/Location
    Harris County Sheriff's Office
    1200 Baker St
    Houston, TX 77002

    Contact
    Emergency: 9-1-1
    Non-emergencies: 713-221-6000

    https://local.nixle.com/alert/5113921/?sub_id=1000000327
     
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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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    Shared on my Facebook and have since had a few more shares from people in this area. Hopefully, that will help a little.
     
  11. SurfieTX

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    I wonder where their kids are?
     
  12. rizzo0904

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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. :)
     
  14. The Cheese

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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.

    http://www.khou.com/news/crime/Poli...tml?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed
     
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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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    BBM

    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/deputies-search-for-26yearold-missing-woman/-/1735978/23672682/-/ep7a3f/-/index.html

    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/police-search-missing-pregnant-woman-040838776.html
     
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    http://www.click2houston.com/news/d...oman/-/1735978/23672682/-/ep7a3f/-/index.htmlhttp://www.click2houston.com/news/deputies-search-for-26yearold-missing-woman/-/1735978/23672682/-/ep7a3f/-/index.html
     
  18. SurfieTX

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    A is where the McDonald's is.

    http://binged.it/18PT1kJ

    ETA: This is a very busy and active part of town. There is a lot of shopping nearby too. Plenty of parking lots to abandon the car somewhere.
     
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    So he filed for divorce. She signed a waiver citation, which according to a TX law site is this:

    The Waiver of Citation is
    a form signed by the
    responding spouse and
    filed with the court to
    show that he or she has
    received a notice and
    waives the right to know
    what orders for child
    support & property you
    will ask the judge to make.
     
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    Totally random, but I think I used to live at Cypress Station about 15 years ago. We shopped at the Kroger there.
     
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    There's a lot left unsaid here.

    Did she ever actually arrive at the McDonalds? Are there witnesses who said the X was there waiting? Any receipts for food?

    If you want to harm someone, meeting them at a McDonalds isn't a very typical way to do it - it seems hopeful that she's just vanished for a little while. Rereading an article upthread, it appears she DID go to McDonalds and then wasn't ever seen again after that.

    Any use of her bank accounts or cell phone?
     

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