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Search for missing pregnant woman resumes Monday
HARRIS COUNTY - by KHOU 11 News and www.khou.com
Volunteers from Texas Equusearch brought boats with sonar equipment to Cypress Creek on Monday morning to look for Melissa Sowders.
The search for a 26-year-old pregnant woman reportedly last seen on Thursday continued in north Harris County.
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 said they spent most of the day searching farther upstream and down Cypress Creek, but did not find any new clues. The search will resume again on Monday morning.
Sanford said Sowders, who is pregnant with their child, was supposed to go meet her ex-husband, Matthew Sowders, and their youngest daughter at the McDonalds 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 McDonalds but Sowders hasnt been seen since.
Jimmy Newsom, Melissa Sowders father, admits he is suspicious of her ex-husband.
Shes afraid of him because of he was physically and mentally abusive, Newsom said.
Newsom also said not staying in touch was not his daughters style.
Its not like her not to call us back or if we call her she always answers the phone or if not shell call us later on, the father said. If they find her, shes 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 publics help to find Sowders. They believe foul play might be involved in her disappearance.
If you can help find, contact the Harris County Sheriffs Office Homicide Unit at (713) 967-5810 or Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.