HOUSTON – KHOU 11 News learned more details Tuesday about what may have led to the death of a north Harris County mother whose body was found in Cypress Creek.
Matthew Sowders is accused of strangling Melissa Sowders, then dumping her body in Cypress Creek.
For the first time, we hear from Sowders’ father. Matthew Sowders, and his twin sister Megan were born into the Miskito Indian tribe in Nicaragua. Their biological father was a soldier there. When he and their mother couldn't care for them anymore, they left the babies at a military hospital. They were adopted by the Sowders in just a matter of days.
"The son that I know could not have done this," said David.
On the day after Christmas when Melissa vanished, the 28-year-old husband allegedly confessed and told two different women what he had done, prosecutors said.
One woman said she went to his apartment and saw what she believed to be a woman’s body from the doorway.
”When she looked past [Matt] towards the hallway she observed what she believed to be the feet and lower legs of a female lying on the floor of the apartment,” the prosecuting attorney said.
That witness then called Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies and next called Matt Sowders with a deputy on the line. Prosecutors said Sowders admitted on the phone to killing his wife.
The other witness said she received a visit from Sowders.
”She said that the defendant told her he had strangled Melissa to death after she pulled a gun on him. He told her he blacked out. When he came to, she was dead. He said he stuffed her into a large black trash can and transported her to Cypress Creek. And there he submerged her body,” the prosecutor said.
Melissa’s sister, Amber Newsom, believes Matt killed Melissa after seeing a photo of her ultrasound on her cell phone. The victim was two months pregnant with her current boyfriend’s child. Matthew also became angry about photos of her in lingerie, according to Newsom.
The Sowders had four children together who stayed with Matthew Sowders’ family.
"They had a tough marriage," David said. "They were breaking up. He wanted her back. He knew that the kids needed her. All kids need their mom. He's very passionate. He loves his family., loves his kids."
The two went to Spring High School together, where they fell in love and started a family.
"First time I ever saw Melissa was this little teenage girl, short, riding her bike up to our house, freckles, has this smile," said David.
The couple was married for nearly ten years. They have four children together.
"The problem with their marriage was that, the trust between them broke down. They were never together, he worked days, she worked nights, because somebody had to watch the babies," David said. "He enjoyed fishing. That was his relaxation from all of his stress."
Matthew was arrested just hours after the victim’s body was discovered Thursday.
"Melissa has died in such an awful way, Matt is in jail and he is hurting bad himself and people believe that he did this," David said. "There has to be more to this than what we know so far."
David said the four children were told what happened.
"We've told them what happened," David said. "The baby doesn't understand. The two oldest ones understand their mother is gone."
On Friday, a judge denied his bond. If convicted, he could receive life in prison or even the death penalty.