Search for missing pregnant woman continues in north Harris County

Search for missing pregnant woman continues in north Harris County

Melissa Sowders, 26, vanished on Thursday.

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by Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News and KHOU.com staff

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Posted on December 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 1:49 PM

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – The search for a 26-year-old pregnant woman reportedly last seen on Thursday continued Saturday in north Harris County with her family fearing the worst.

Melissa Sowders was last seen by her boyfriend, Jason Sanford, who said that she had dropped him off for work at 6:15 a.m.

Sowders was in their white Honda Accord, which deputies found Friday night on Interstate 45 near Richey Road.

Texas Equusearch began assisting with the search for Sowders at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday with their staging area set up at the Daily Bread Church, 106 Bammel-Westfield Road. They spent most of the day searching the area around Cypress Creek.

Sowders boyfriend yearns for his girlfriend and their unborn child.

“She always wanted a kiss, so soft. I don’t know where Melissa is at. Where are you?” Sanford said Saturday.

Sanford said Sowders, who is pregnant with their child, was supposed to go 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.

“She called me and said she was there and everything,” Sanford said.

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

Jimmy Newsom, Melissa Sowder’s father, admits he is suspicious of her ex-husband.

“She’s afraid of him because of he was physically and mentally abusive,” Newsom said.

Newsom also said not staying in touch was not his daughter’s style.

“It’s not like her not to call us back or if we call her she always answers the phone or if not she’ll call us later on,” he said.

Now family members are re-reading a Christmas card she gave them.

“Now that I’m with Jason, I’ll be around a lot more. I miss you guys,” read Newsom.

“If they find her, she’s not going to be here anymore,” Sanford said. “I fear the worst. I love you baby. I miss you so much. I want you to come home.”

Deputies are asking for the public’s help to find Sowders. They believe foul play might be involved in her disappearance.

If you can help find, contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at (713) 967-5810 or Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.

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