HARRIS COUNTY Deputies are searching for a Houston man who has been charged with murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend who was reported missing.

Wende Marshall, 44, was last seen on Oct. 30, the day before she called her dad to say her boyfriend, Colt Morgan, 29, had just asked to marry her. But when the couple didn t show up for dinner a couple days later, her dad called the constable s office.

Investigators went to the couple s home and found, according to court documents, blood on the floor in the hallway and blood spatter on the bed blanket. After getting a warrant, investigators said they found even more blood stains and evidence suggesting someone tried to clean it up.

There was also fresh paint on some of the walls and doors and human bones inside the fireplace, according to investigators.

Investigators think Morgan stabbed Marshall to death after an argument, and then burned her body and buried it in her backyard.

Detectives found human remains after conducting a search at Marshall s house located in the 11200 block of Fleur Drive in northwest Harris County.

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, described thick black smoke that she saw on Halloween.

It was a sweet odor. You know that wood they treat for the chimeneas. That is what we have been smelling for a couple days, the neighbor said.

Investigators said Morgan told them the blood in the house came from a cut on his hand and a bloody nose from when he and Marshall had gotten into a fight.

Morgan was convicted of DWI in 2012 in Gonzales County. He also has previous convictions for drug possession, burglary, theft and DWI dating back to 2005.

Anyone who knows where he is is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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