Dive team helps with search for missing pregnant woman in north Harris County

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on December 31, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 6:33 PM

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — The search for a 26-year-old pregnant woman reportedly last seen Thursday resumed Tuesday in northern Harris County, but her family does not expect to find her alive.

According to officials, 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 has been searching the area along Cypress Creek since Saturday. Texas Equusearch would only say they have good reason to be at the location near Interstate 45.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office brought in their dive team later in the day to search the area.

Sanford said Sowders was supposed to go meet her ex-husband and their youngest daughter at the McDonald’s on FM 1960 near Kuykendahl Road.

Detectives confirm the ex-husband has been questioned but they have not named him a suspect.

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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